There won’t be any executions in Washington state for at least the next three years. Governor Jay Inslee declared yesterday he is placing a moratorium on all executions while he’s in office, saying there was too much at stake to carry out the sentences. Inslee held a press conference yesterday to make the announcement. The Seattle Times reports the governor is not convinced equal justice is being served in death penalty cases. He added that he is not asking the state Legislature to abolish the death penalty.

Nine men currently sit on Washington’s death row. While Inslee is in office, he intends to issue reprieves, not commutations, meaning the men will remain on death row and might still be executed in the future. The last execution in Washington was carried out in 2010.

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