Oregon governor commutes sentences for all death row inmates in state | Oregon
Brown, who has less than a month left in office, said she is exercising administrative pardon powers to reduce her sentence and her order will go into effect Wednesday.
“I have long believed that taking lives does not advance justice. States should not execute people, even if they end up in prison for egregious crimes.” ‘” Brown said in a statement.
Oregon has not executed prisoners since 1997. In Brown’s first press conference since taking office in 2015, Democrats announced they would continue the moratorium on the death penalty imposed by his predecessor, former Gov. John Kitzabar.
So far, 17 people have been executed in the United States in 2022, all by lethal injection, all in Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, Missouri and Alabama, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.
Some other states, like Oregon, have abolished the death penalty.
In California, Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom suspended executions in 2019, closing the state’s execution chamber in San Quentin. A year ago, he moved to dismantle America’s largest death row by moving all convicted inmates to other prisons within two years.
In Oregon, Brown is known for exercising his power to grant pardons.
During the coronavirus pandemic, Brown granted pardons to nearly 1,000 people convicted of crimes. Two district attorneys, along with the crime victim’s family, sued the governor and other state officials to suspend the amnesty. But an Oregon appeals court ruled in August that she acted within her powers.
In particular, prosecutors challenged Brown’s decision to allow 73 people convicted of murder, assault, rape and manslaughter under the age of 18 to apply for early release.
Brown has previously said she has granted reductions “to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional growth and rehabilitation,” but said no assessment was applied to her latest decision.
“This commutation is not based on rehabilitation efforts by those on death row,” Brown said. “Instead, it reflects the perception that the death penalty is immoral. It is an irreversible and irreversible punishment.”
The Oregon Department of Corrections announced in May 2020 that it would be phasing out death row inmates and relocating them to other special or general population units at Salem State Penitentiary and other state prisons. Did.
There were 17 names on the list of death row inmates provided by the governor’s office.
However, 21 names are listed on the State Department of Corrections website. However, one of those prisoners had his death sentence overturned by the Oregon Supreme Court in 2021 because the crimes he committed were no longer eligible for the death penalty under a 2019 law.
Officials from the governor’s office and the Department of Corrections tried to adjust the list, but there was no immediate response.
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