The Governor of Oregon Has Commuted 17 Death Sentences

17 Death Sentences: Democrat Governor Kate Brown of Oregon has announced that she will commute the execution sentences of the state’s 17 death row inmates to life without parole.

The Governor of Oregon Has Commuted 17 Death Sentences

She announced this less than a month before leaving office, citing her moral opposition to the death penalty as the reason.

While Oregon is one of 27 states with capital punishment, it has not carried out an execution since 1997.

Western Republicans in the US state strongly criticized Ms. Brown’s directive. As of next Wednesday, it’ll be in effect.

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She made a public statement explaining that she was taking this action not because these inmates had been rehabilitated, but because the death penalty is “immoral.”

She added, “It cannot be and has never been administered honestly and equitably; it is an irreversible punishment that does not allow for rectification; it is a waste of government resources; it does not make communities safer.”

The Governor of Oregon Has Commuted 17 Death Sentences
The Governor of Oregon Has Commuted 17 Death Sentences

According to Oregon Public Broadcasting, Ms. Brown has exercised her clemency powers more frequently than any prior governor of Oregon.

Her staff claims she is the seventh US governor in the last half-century to pardon all death sentences in her state.

On Tuesday, Republican Tim Knopp, leader of the Oregon state senate, criticized her stance.

He questioned, “Did the people of Oregon vote to eliminate the death penalty?” I don’t remember anything like that ever happening.

“Even in the dying days of her administration, Brown continues to belittle victims of the most terrible crimes,” he continued.

The constitutionality of the death penalty in Oregon means that should another governor decide to reinstate it, it will be legal.

Tina Kotek, the Democrat who will replace Ms. Brown, has publicly said that, for moral and ethical reasons, she cannot support the death sentence.

According to the Death Penalty Data Center, 17 individuals have been put to death in the United States so far in 2022.

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According to a study conducted earlier this year, Ms. Brown has the lowest approval rating of any governor in the United States.

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