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NACDL News: The March Toward Abolition of the Death Penalty Advances

By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ian Nawalinski

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom made history on March 13, 2019, signing an executive order placing a moratorium on the death penalty in California. This means that, for now, there will be no further state-sponsored executions in California, which has the largest number of people — 737 — on death row in the country. As of 2018, there were 2,743 people serving on death row across America. With this executive order by the governor, more than 25 percent of those individuals have been granted reprieves. California joins Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Oregon, all of which have instituted moratoria on the death penalty.

And on May 30, 2019, the New Hampshire Legislature overrode Gov. Sununu’s veto of its legislation repealing the death penalty, making New Hampshire the last state in New England, and the 21st state in the nation, to abolish or overturn the death penalty. Earlier this session, the New Hampshire House and Senate had both passed legislation to repeal the death penalty by veto-proof majo

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