Oregon Governor Keith Brown commuted 17 of the state’s death sentences


Oregon Gov. Keith Brown signed an executive order Tuesday to commute the sentences of 17 inmates on the state’s death row.

A term-limited politician who leaves office in less than a month announced action on Tuesday. He said he would use his executive powers to commute sentences for inmates to life in prison. No one will be eligible for parole.

“I have long believed that justice cannot be served by death, and that the state should not be in the business of executing people, even if a heinous crime has landed them in prison,” Brown said in a statement.

“Unlike previous commutations I have granted to individuals who have shown extraordinary growth and rehabilitation, this commutation is not based on the rehabilitative efforts of death row individuals. Instead, it reflects a recognition that the death penalty is immoral.

The order, signed on Tuesday, will take effect on Wednesday.

Oregon has not executed an inmate since 1997 and has executed only two since the state reinstated the death penalty in 1984. according to the state.

Seventeen people have been killed in the US this year, all by lethal injection.
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After taking office in 2015, Brown decided to continue the moratorium on the death penalty that had been enacted by his predecessor, John Kitzhaber, in 2011.

Brown in 2019 signed the bill This dramatically reduced the use of the death penalty in Oregon.

The following year, the Oregon Department of Corrections announced plans to phase out the death penalty. He began reassigning inmates to other facilities around the state.

“It is an irreversible punishment that does not allow for correction; wastes taxpayer dollars; does not make communities safer; and cannot be and has never been fairly and equitably administered,” Brown said Tuesday.

According to the data, 17 people were sentenced to death in the USA this year Death Penalty Information Center. The prisoners – all in Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, Missouri and Alabama – were executed by lethal injection.

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