America’s large cities have been ground zero for violent crime in recent years.
With The American Spectator reporting that crime in the state is at an epidemic level, it’s no wonder that even California voters rejected a measure to repeal the death penalty in 2016 by nearly a million votes.
But this blue state Governor wants to transform death row – and you won’t believe what they have planned for these violent criminals.
California Governor Gavin Newsom is moving to dismantle the nation’s largest death row.
After placing a moratorium on executions three years ago, Newsom now plans to move all condemned inmates from San Quentin State Prison to other prisons within two years, dismantling death row.
The end goal is to turn San Quentin State Prison’s death row into a “positive, healing environment.”
In an interview with the Associated Press, spokeswoman Vicky Waters said, “We are starting the process of closing death row to re-purpose and transform the current housing units into something innovative and anchored in rehabilitation.”
California is one of 28 states that maintain death rows, along with the U.S. Government, but the state hasn’t carried out an execution since 2006.
The plan to merge condemned inmates into the general prison population with no expectation that any will face execution anytime in the near future has been met with criticism.
Michael Rushford, President of the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation, which backed the initiative, admits victims are unhappy with the administration’s decision.
“They’re moving condemned murderers into facilities that are going to make their lives better and offer them more amenities, while the victims still mourn the death of their family member,” Rushford said.
The administration is turning on its head the 2016 voter-approved initiative intended to expedite executions by capitalizing on one provision that allowed inmates to be moved off death row.
Newsom insists that voters approved the move, though he doubts many understood the provision, saying, “When they affirmed the death penalty, they also affirmed a responsibility . . . to actually move that population on death row out and to get them working.”
Crime Victims United of California President Nina Salarno disagreed, saying Newsom is “pouring more salt on the wounds of the victims” and added “he’s usurping the law.”
But it doesn’t matter to Newsom.
Whether it’s a slap in the face to victims of violent crime, or hobnobbing with elite lobbyists while the regular people are forced to social distance from afar, Newsom has shown time and time again that for him the only thing that really matters is far-left ideology.
Stay tuned to Blue State Blues for any updates to this ongoing story.