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US: California Suspends Death Penalty

Expand The execution chamber at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, CA. © Associated Press (Los Angeles) – Governor Gavin Newsom’s decision to order a moratorium on executions in California shows leadership on this key human rights issue, Human Rights Watch said today. With today’s announcement, California continues a trend in the United States away from the inherently cruel punishment, joining Colorado, Oregon, and Pennsylvania, which have similar bans, and 20 states that have abolished the death penalty. Newsom has recognized the cruelty, the moral and fiscal costs, and the discriminatory…

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