US.- Washington state eliminates death penalty from law

File – Washington State Governor Jay Inslee. – Europa Press/Contacto/Paul Christian Gordon

Washington Democratic Governor Jay Inslee has signed the bill eliminating the death penalty in the state, as well as sterilization as a punishment, after both houses approved the measure earlier this month During the signing, Governor Inslee recalled that since 2014 the state has imposed a moratorium against the death penalty, a punishment, he denounced, that has been applied »unequally and racially insensitive», and that already in 2018 the state Supreme Court of ruled that it was unconstitutional.

The move has been welcomed by civil liberties advocates and activists in favor of abolishing this punishment, because like the Democratic governor, they argue that it is »arbitrary» and »discriminatory», since racial bias plays a determining role in how it is applied, CNN reports.

However, for Republicans, such as Washington state Congressman Jim Walshhan, the measure is just »another sad example of the interests of criminals taking precedence over those of victims and their families,» he said on Facebook.

Since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, Washington state has applied this punishment five times. Meanwhile, as of April 1, 2022, there are still 2,414 people on death row in the United States, according to official figures. This penalty is legal in 27 states.