California shuts down death row. Signs a red state may be next.
As with criminal justice reform, the death penalty may be a growing area of bipartisan agreement among lawmakers. So far this year, Republicans in Kentucky, Montana, and Wyoming have sponsored bills to end executions.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom surprised Democrats and Republicans alike this week by announcing a halt to executions in the state with the country’s largest death row, a move that follows similar actions in recent years by governors in Washington, Colorado, Oregon, and Pennsylvania.
His decision has drawn criticism from President Donald Trump and California Republicans, among...