Posted BY: Teresa | NwoReport
Kate Brown, Oregon’s Democratic governor, has commuted the sentences of the state’s 17 death row inmates during her last month in office, changing the prisoner’s sentences to life in prison without the possibility of parole. This order, which takes effect on Wednesday, has angered the victims’ families as well as government officials.
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A prisoner has not been executed in Oregon since 1997.
In a statement, Brown explained the reasoning behind her new order. She said, “I have long believed that justice is not advanced by taking a life, and the state should not be in the business of executing people – even if a terrible crime placed them in prison.”
Brown also said that the victims of the prisoners’ crimes experience “pain and uncertainty while individuals sit on death row – especially in states with moratoriums on executions – without resolution.”
“My hope is that this commutation will bring us a significant step closer to finality in these cases,” she said.