No Executions in California

Governor Gavin Newsom

This is from the ACLU:

Governor Gavin Newsom just made history: this morning, he announced that California will not carry out executions on his watch. This announcement marks a watershed moment in the fight for racial equity and equal justice for all.

For far too long, California has propped up a costly, flawed death penalty system that is racially biased and puts the lives of innocent people at risk.

Just last April, Vicente Benavides of Kern County was freed after spending 25 years on death row in California for a crime he did not commit. His conviction was based on false medical testimony by doctors who recanted many years later. We don’t know how many more innocent people are still on death row.

We do know that race plays a dangerous and inappropriate role in decisions about who is sentenced to death in California. A Santa Clara University study, for example, found that people were more than three times as likely to be sentenced to death in cases where the victim was white than in cases where the victim was Black.

Write a thank you message to the governor for his leadership.

California’s death penalty is racially biased and broken beyond repair. Today’s announcement is a historic step to ensure that our state’s justice system is fair, racially equitable, and truly just!


Hector Villagra
Executive Director, ACLU of Southern California

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12 Responses to No Executions in California

  1. Dharma says:

    This is really great news. The world should move beyond barbaric executions and learn to live together in a spirit of love.

  2. penny ellis says:

    Good for California!

  3. Miley Spears says:

    I am so glad the governor is doing that. I wish other states would catch up! We aren’t going to have peace as long as we keep killing each other.

  4. Dr. Sinister Craven says:

    Well, I think some people should be executed.

  5. Maria Grayson says:

    You execute somebody and fine they were innocent, you can’t take it back. Good on CA.

  6. Great Greg says:

    Donald Trump is Making America Great Again. And that includes killing people who kill people! This snowflake governor needs to be melted!

    • TawTew the Naturally Perfumed says:

      But he is not killing people. Don’t you see that by this way of thinking, if someone kills someone they would be killed? Who kills the executioner? Isn’t it better to live together in peace and harmony, accepting our differences?

  7. TawTew the Naturally Perfumed says:

    We should all live in peace and harmony, and not be fighting and killing each other. It’s great that the governor is doing that.

    It is a tragedy to kill any person, no one deserves the death penalty. And some who are executed are innocent. You cannot give them their life back.

  8. Pet Girl says:

    They didn’t kill Charlie Manson. They shouldn’t kill other people either.

  9. Germane Bome says:


  10. Gery Greenstone says:

    So what happens if you kill them and then learn they’re innocent?

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