17 State’s Death Sentences Reduced to Life In Prison Without Parole Possibility
Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced Tuesday that she will reduce the sentences of 17 inmates awaiting execution across the country, and announced that their death sentences could be changed in prison without the need for a change. incapable of being pardoned.
Brown, a Democrat who took office less than a month ago, said she is using the government’s powers of clemency to guide her sentences and decisions that will go into effect on Wednesday.
“I have long believed that justice doesn’t always work in taking lives and that the country shouldn’t continue to be in the business of executing individuals, even if a terrible crime lands them in jail”, Brown said in a statement.
According to a post by Yahoo News, representative Vikki Breese-Iverson, the Republican minority leader in the Oregon House of Representatives, accused Brown of “losing responsible judgment.”
Oregon Governor Brown Commutes 17 State’s Death Sentence
“Gov. Brown has all over again taken government motion with zero enter from Oregonians and the Legislature,” Breese-Iverson stated in a statement. “Her selections no longer forget the effects the sufferers and the households will go through withinside the months and years to come. Democrats have continually selected criminals over sufferers.”
In his announcement, Brown stated the sufferers experienced, “pain and insecurity” as they waited for years, even as those on death row.
“My wish is that this transition will bring us one step closer to the end goal in these cases”, she said.
Oregon hasn’t taken a single inmate since the year 1997. At Brown’s first press conference after becoming a governor in the year 2015, she announced that she could uphold the moratorium on executions of the death penalty. His duties were imposed by former Governor John Kitzhaber.
So far, seventeen individuals have been killed in the United States in the year 2022, all by lethal injection, and in Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, Missouri, and Alabama, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.