California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom will be issuing an executive order to suspend the use of the death penalty in his state, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
Newsom called the death penalty “inconsistent with our bedrock values” in a statement obtained by the Chronicle, which accompanies an executive order set to be issued Wednesday.
“I do not believe that a civilized society can claim to be a leader in the world as long as its government continues to sanction the premeditated and discriminatory execution of its people,” the governor says in the statement. “The death penalty is inconsistent with our bedrock values and strikes at the very heart of what it means to be a Californian.”
According to the Chronicle, the governor doesn’t have the authority to change state death penalty law. But Newsom said he would grant reprieves to anyone sentenced to death while he is in office.
“The intentional killing of another person is wrong,” he reportedly said. “And as governor, I will not oversee the execution of any individual.”
California, which hasn’t executed anyone since Clarence Allen in 2006, has executed 13 people since the Supreme Court reinstituted the death penalty in 1976, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.