Governor Gavin Newsom ordered a moratorium on the death penalty in California, signing an executive order Wednesday granting reprieves to the state's 737 death row inmates.
"The death penalty has been an abject failure. It discriminates based on the color of your skin or how much money you make. It’s ineffective, irreversible, and immoral. It goes against the very values that we stand for — which is why CA is putting a stop to this failed system."
So, with that executive order, N-09-19, the death chambers in the state are closed, literally, with "CLOSED" signs on the doors of San Quentin's Gas Chamber and Lethal Injection Facility.
No one has been executed in California for over a decade, so it's not like those rooms were all that "OPEN," but Newsom was worried that about 20 inmates who had exhausted all their appeals and would be executed while he was in office.
Trump reacted a few hours before the expected announcement that he was not "thrilled" with the decision
"Defying voters, the Governor of California will halt all death penalty executions of 737 stone cold killers. Friends and families of the always forgotten VICTIMS are not thrilled, and neither am I!"