Lorena Gonzalez Issues Statement on Gov. Newsom’s Death Penalty Moratorium

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

SACRAMENTO — California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) issued the following statement in reaction to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s signing of an executive order to put a moratorium on the death penalty in California:

“It takes a real leader to do what’s right, even when it’s tough. This is a necessary step that the state of California should take,” Assemblywoman Gonzalez said. “The state shouldn’t be in the business of killing people.”

The executive order would give reprieve to all individuals sentenced to the death penalty in California and withdrawal the state’s lethal injection protocol. The execution chamber at San Quentin will immediately close. Under the directive, no inmate will be released and no sentence or conviction will be altered.

To schedule an interview with Assemblywoman Gonzalez on the governor’s executive action, contact Sami Gallegos (209) 658-7617.

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