Gov. Wolf declares moratorium on death penalty

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HARRISBURG (WPMT)-Pennsylvania  Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday  announced a moratorium on the death penalty in the state until he can review the anticipated report of the Pennsylvania Task Force and Advisory Commission on Capital Punishment.

The Democrat said his decision came after “significant consideration and reflection.” He also said his decision is based on a flawed system that has been proven to be an endless cycle of court proceedings as well as ineffective, unjust, and expensive.

The moratorium will remain in effect until the commission has given its recommendations.

Wolf granted a temporary reprieve to inmate Terrance Williams, who was scheduled to be executed on March 4, 2015.

In a news release, Governor Wolf said he will grant a reprieve – not a commutation – in each future case in which an execution for a death row inmate is scheduled, establishing an effective moratorium on the death penalty in Pennsylvania. For death row inmates, the conditions and confinement will not change, Wolf said.

Pennsylvania has not executed an inmate since 1999. There have been eight inmates executed this year in the U.S., according to the Washington D.C.-based criminal justice nonprofit.


Click here to read the full memo on Gov. Wolf’s Death Penalty Moratorium Declaration



  • Dennis Keener

    I’m for the death penalty but when you stop and think about it we haven’t executed one dam soul in 15-16 years. All the death warrants signed in those years and no one was executed. So what the hell is changing? Not a dam thing!! Typical political wimp pussy footing games!

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