Washington State Suspends the Death Penalty

Posted at 3:22 PM, Feb 11, 2014
and last updated 2014-02-11 15:26:45-05

Gov. Jay Inslee (photo from WikiMedia Commons)

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Feb. 11, 2014) — Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced Tuesday that the state would be suspending the death penalty.

“I have decided to impose a moratorium on executions while I’m Governor of the state of Washington,” a transcript of his announcement says.

The decision comes after a review from the governor’s office, where he said he “saw death row and toured the execution chamber where lethal injections and hangings take place.”

Inslee said that there have been too many doubts raised about capital punishment.

“There are too many flaws in the system,” the transcript reads.  “And when the ultimate decision is death there is too much at stake to accept an imperfect system.”

He said those that are on currently on death row will remain in prison for the rest of their lives.

Read his full statement here.