The death penalty is on hold here in california.
The governor is stopping lethal injection and shutting down the execution chamber at San Quentin.
Valley law enforcement leaders are weighing in.
The Fresno County DAs office said they will carry on with the death penalty cases because they oppose Newsom’s decision.
Fresno County Sheriff, Margaret Mims said she fears what kind of message this will send to criminals and victims.
In Wednesday’s crime view Chief Jerry Dyer echoed Mim’s sentiments.
Gavin Newsom said this decision will save california billions of dollars from legal challenges…
“You as tax payers, you have spent 5-billion dollars, 5-billion dollars since we reinstated the death penalty in this state,” said Newsom. “What have we gotten for that?”
“I did not understand the comment when he said I did this with the victims in mind because he did not have tHat in mind,” said Mims.
The halt on the California death row does not provide for the release of any inmate or alter any current conviction or sentence.
The newest death row inmate case is from Tulare County.