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Gavin Newsom on Crime

S.F. Mayor; former Gov. cand.

 


Spared 737 people on California's death row

As the most populous state and the country's biggest economy, Newsom's actions carry outsize weight--and are guaranteed outsize publicity.

Consider the national attention it garnered when Newsom signed an executive order in March halting executions-- sparing 737 people on California's death row. Witness the proclamation his office wrote last month "welcoming women to California to fully exercise their reproductive rights" after a wave of conservative states took steps to limit abortion. Newsom is outspoken on immigration, traveling to El Salvador earlier this year in his first international trip as governor.

"We're going to get it,'' Newsom insists. "We're committed to universal health care. Universal health care means everybody--We will lead a massive expansion of health care, and that's a major deviation from the past.''

Source: Politico.com on 2018 California Gubernatorial race , Jun 17, 2019

Moratorium on the California death penalty

Source: Ballotpedia.org on California ballot measure voting records , Mar 13, 2019

Death penalty is ineffective, irreversible and immoral

Gov. Gavin Newsom put a moratorium on the death penalty in California Wednesday, sparing the lives of more than 700 death-row inmates. Saying the death penalty is "ineffective, irreversible and immoral," he signed an executive order granting reprieves to all 737 Californians awaiting executions--a quarter of the country's death row inmates.

His action comes three years after California voters rejected an initiative to end the death penalty, instead passing a measure to speed up executions. Newsom said the death penalty system has discriminated against mentally ill defendants and people of color, has not made the state safer and has wasted billions of taxpayer dollars. "You, as taxpayers--you have spent $5 billion since we reinstated the death penalty in this state," he said. "What have we gotten for that?"

But he made clear that he simply believes killing other people is wrong. "If you rape, we don't rape," he said. "I think if someone kills, we don't kill.

Source: Modesto Bee on 2018 California Gubernatorial race , Mar 12, 2019

2016: Respect state referendum on death penalty; 2019: Don't

Newsom has long opposed the death penalty. While campaigning for a measure to repeal the death penalty in 2016, he told The Modesto Bee editorial board he would "be accountable to the will of the voters," if he were elected governor. "I would not get my personal opinions in the way of the public's right to make a determination of where they want to take us" on the death penalty, he said.

Newsom said that before he took office, discussing the death penalty was an "intellectual" exercise. Now that he has the power to allow executions, he said, it's an emotional decision: he can't be party to the system and still sleep at night. "It's not an abstract question any longer," he said. "I cannot sign off on executing hundreds of human beings."

The moratorium will be in place for the duration of Newsom's time in office. After that, a future governor could decide to resume executions. He told reporters last month that the prospect of executions resuming has been weighing on him.

Source: Modesto Bee on 2018 California Gubernatorial race , Mar 12, 2019

Criminal justice reform is crucial; repeal death penalty

At a forum organized by Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice, which pushes back against tough-on-crime laws, Newsom, the lone statewide politician to endorse Proposition 47 in 2014, which made nonviolent offenses like drug and property crimes misdemeanors instead of felonies, implored them to keep it up. "We'll get there on (repealing) the death penalty," Newsom said.
Source: The Sacramento Bee on 2018 California gubernatorial race , Apr 4, 2017

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