The Governor Of Oregon Commutes 17 Death Sentences That Were Set To Be Carried Out.

All 17 prisoners facing the execution penalty in Oregon have had their death sentences commuted by Governor Kate Brown, who leaves office at the beginning of the year so that they will now serve life in prison without the chance of release.

The Democrat claimed she used her executive clemency authority to commute the sentences because she thought the death penalty was morally wrong.

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Brown, who is leaving office in January after serving the maximum eight years as governor, said in a statement: “I have long felt that taking a life does not further justice, and the state should not be in the business of executing individuals, even if a heinous act landed them in prison.” Since it has become more challenging for states to obtain the medications needed to carry out the death penalty, there have been numerous legal and ethical issues surrounding the death penalty in the United States. There have been several botched executions. Republican House Speaker in Oregon, Vikki Breese-Iverson, claimed that Brown took executive action without consulting with lawmakers or the general public.

Breese-Iverson noted that the state has not carried out an execution since 1997 in a statement and claimed that “her actions do not reflect the impact the victims and families will suffer in the months and years to come.”

Governor John Kitzhaber, who was in office at the time, banned executions in 2011. The state’s prison service closed its death row nine years later and relocated the condemned prisoners to special or general population housing units.

Over the past 20 years, states have turned away from capital punishment more and more. States executed 98 people in 1999, a 40-year high. The number of executions in 2021 decreased to 11, the lowest amount since 1988, as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak and regulatory changes.

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