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Gavin Newsom, a Democrat and long-standing opponent of capital punishment, argued that the irreversibility, cost and an apparent bias towards those who were poor, black or mentally ill made it immoral and bad public policy.

While Newsom and many advocates favor ending the death penalty, the California people voted in 2016 to keep it for those convicted for first-degree murder. "In short, the death penalty is inconsistent with our bedrock values and strikes at the very heart of what it means to be a Californian".

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Due to legal challenges, no one has been executed in California since 2006. Scheidegger said that Newsom can grant reprieves to condemned inmates but cannot order the closing of the death chamber or the halting of the effort to find a new lethal injection.

The Golden State hasn't executed any prisoners since 2006, the outlet reported, but it does have 737 inmates sitting on death row.

Michele Hanisee, president of the LA ADDA, issued a statement Tuesday after Newsom's plan was announced, saying that he "is usurping the express will of California voters and substituting his personal preferences via this hasty and ill-considered moratorium on the death penalty". In 2014, a federal judge ruled that California's death penalty system deployed "arbitrary factors, rather than legitimate ones like the nature of the crime or the date of the death sentence, determine whether an individual will actually be executed".

He said he had anticipated that within a month he would have been asked to sign off on a new protocol for administering lethal injections to death row inmates, clearing the way for executions to begin again.

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Trump has always been an advocate of the death penalty, even before he entered politics. Though voters in 2016 narrowly approved a ballot measure to speed up the punishment, no condemned inmate faced imminent execution. Jerry Brown that did not involve condemned inmates.

"We certainly thank and commend the governor for leadership on this because California's death penalty system is broken beyond fix", said David Loy, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union for San Diego and Imperial Counties.

A copy of the executive order signed today can be found here. It's the same tactic he used in legalizing gay marriage in the city of San Francisco in 2004, singlehandedly (some would say) setting in motion a set of legal challenges and the Prop. 8 backlash that led to the historic Supreme Court decisions in 2013 and 2015 legalizing same-sex marriage. California's prison system has the largest death row population in the Western Hemisphere.

This moratorium will be in place for the duration of Newsom's time in office, the governor's office said. Twenty-five people on California´s death row have exhausted all of their appeals. Three states - Oregon, Colorado and Pennsylvania - have Governor-imposed moratoria on the death penalty and in 2018, the Washington State Supreme Court struck down the death penalty as unconstitutional and "racially biased".

There's no reliable evidence to suggest capital punishment deters murder or protects police, according to a 2012 report released by the National Academy of the Sciences.

With 737 inmates on death row, that equates to a possible 30 who are innocent, he said.

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