Kim Kardashian wants to end California's death penalty

Kim Kardashian wants to end California's death penalty

Kim Kardashian wants to end California's death penalty

The last execution held in California occurred in 2006 when 76-year-old Clarence Ray Allen, who was convicted of killing three people, was executed. Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

Trump tweeted Wednesday that voters don't support Newsom's decision on behalf of the "737 stone cold killers". Trump has cultivated an image of himself as a tough-on-crime president and has said drug dealers should face the ultimate penalty.

Newsom has always been a vocal opponent of the death penalty, stating the practice discriminates against people of color, mentally ill people and poor people, and that it has put to death those wrongfully convicted of crimes.

"We should not be OK with the risk that an innocent person could be executed", she added, calling for "better solutions".

Human rights law recognizes the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all people, including even those who have committed bad crimes.

Not only is prison reform at the top of Kim Kardashian's to-do list, now she's taking aim at California's death penalty.

San Quentin State Prison in California

At that time, Newsom said he understood that the issue "raises deeply felt passions on all sides" but he believed that Americans ultimately would look back on the death penalty "as an archaic mistake". A Pew Research Center poll completed a year ago found that a small majority of Americans support the death penalty but that those views were split by party. "I visited prisons, met with formerly incarcerated people, and helped with cases of individual injustice - including two death penalty cases".

But Alison Parker, U.S. managing director at Human Rights Watch, praised Newsom's "great courage and leadership in ending the cruel, costly, and unfair practice of executing prisoners", calling for other states to follow California's lead. Human Rights Watch believes these rights can not be reconciled with the death penalty, a form of punishment unique in its cruelty and finality.

But for prisoners convicted of two separate felonies, a population that includes more than half of the inmates on death row, the governor can not commute death sentences without the approval of the state Supreme Court.

Today, it's hard to find a mainstream Democrat in California who supports the death penalty. California voters previously rejected an initiative to abolish capital punishment in the state and instead, in 2016, voted in favor of Proposition 66 to help speed up executions.

Among the most notorious inmates is Lonnie David Franklin Jr, also known as the "Grim Sleeper", who was sentenced to death for 10 murders between 1985 and 2007. Shortly thereafter voters amended the State Constitution to make the death penalty legal.

Brown said he was satisfied with his record number of pardons and commutations, though he never attempted to commute a death sentence, and with his sweeping changes that eased criminal penalties while reducing the prison population.

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