Governor Gavin Newsom has recently put a moratorium on the death penalty in California, which resulted in temporary reprieve for all 737 people on death row in the state. “I’m governor now of a state with more people on death row than any other state in the nation,” he said. “I cannot in good conscience sign off as a governor has to--on the premeditated state-sponsored execution of hundreds of human beings.” 

This moratorium comes weeks after the governor ordered additional DNA tests to prove death row inmate Kevin Cooper’s innocence, after the inmate claims that he was framed for the murders of 4 people, including 2 children, in Chino Hills in 1983.

Governor Newsom’s moratorium has been a temporary reprieve for 737 inmates on death row and will last until the end of his term. The question he faces from Conservatives like President Trump is: How will halting the death penalty justify that the death row inmates are murderers, and how will this affect how the victims’ families are feeling?

Henna Siddiq, Chino

Chino Hills High student

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