Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Washington Governor Declares Execution Moratorium

Posted By on Tue, Feb 11, 2014 at 2:20 PM

click to enlarge Gov. Jay Inslee - ELAINE THOMPSON/ASSOCIATED PRESS
  • Elaine Thompson/Associated Press
  • Gov. Jay Inslee

Washington's governor has, for the time being, put an end to executions in his state. 

Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee described executions as "inconsistent and unequal" during a Feb. 11 press conference, saying that the practice itself raised doubts and drew attention to flaws in the criminal justice system, and that he would not allow executions to take place within "an imperfect system."

KOMO-TV reports that henceforth, Inslee will grant a reprieve to prisoners when a capital punishment case crosses his desk, though that doesn't mean sentences will be commuted or pardoned.

Inslee's announcement comes at a time when capital punishment is again being hotly debated in the United States. In January, legislatures in Missouri and Wyoming debated whether execution by firing squad may be an acceptable alternative to lethal injection amid national controversy over the availability and effectiveness of lethal injection drugs.

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