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Oregon governor to commute 17 people on death row to life sentences

  • Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced she will commute the sentences of the 17 people on the state’s death row to life sentences without parole.
  • There hasn’t been an execution in Oregon since 1997. There’s been a moratorium on it since 2011 and, in 2019, Brown signed a law restricting the use of the death penalty.
  • The governor’s new order goes into effect Wednesday.
Gov. Kate Brown in her office at the Oregon State Capitol on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022 in Salem, Ore.
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SALEM, Ore. – Oregon Gov. Kate Brown will commute the death sentences of the 17 people on the state’s death row to life sentences without parole, her office announced Tuesday afternoon.

No one has been executed in the state since 1997. The governor’s order goes into effect Wednesday.

After taking office in 2015, Brown continued then Gov. John Kitzhaber’s 2011 moratorium on executions. In 2019, Brown signed a law that restricts the use of the death penalty.

The state has had the death penalty in place since 1984 – capital punishment was banned in 1962 – but it didn’t use it until Douglas Wright was executed by lethal injection in 1996. Harry Moore died by lethal injection in May 1997. Both of those men waved their appeals.

Story Credit: usatoday.com

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