Washington Governor Announces Moratorium On Executions

By Austin Jenkins

Washington Governor Jay Inslee says as long as he’s in office the state won’t execute death row inmates. The Democrat made that announcement Tuesday morning at a news conference in Olympia.

Jay Inslee: “I have decided to impose a moratorium on executions while I am governor of the state of Washington. Equal justice under the law is the primary responsibility of our state. And in death penalty cases I am not convinced equal justice is being served.”

Inslee says if a death warrant came across his desk he would not sign it and instead give the inmate a reprieve. Inslee follows Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber who declared a similar moratorium in 2011. Currently, Washington has nine inmates on death row, but no executions are scheduled. A future governor could reverse Inslee’s moratorium.

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