Bonta Statement on Gov. Newsom’s Death Penalty Moratorium

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SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) issued the following statement in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s executive order on the Death Penalty in California:

“I applaud the Governor’s moratorium on the death penalty. I believe the death penalty is wrong for California and I oppose it. Not only is it inhumane and uncivilized, it is broken.  The death penalty is fallible and, because it’s irreversible and final, there is no recourse when a mistake is made and innocent people are put to death.  In addition, the death penalty has a disparate impact based on race:  People of color are far more likely to be executed than white people, especially if the victim is white.  What’s more, the death penalty simply does not effectively deter violent crime.  And, finally, implementation of the death penalty expends enormous amounts of valuable—and limited—public resources that could be used to prevent and solve crime, and support victims of crime, among other societal benefits. I am also co-authoring ACA 12, a Constitutional Amendment to end the death penalty in California. Today’s action by the Governor is sound policy.”

Assemblymember Rob Bonta represents the 18th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro and is the Assistant Majority Leader.