Recently the Washington Governor, Jay Inslee has refused to use the death penalty. This should not come really as a surprise because in the last six years, six states have outlawed the death penalty. Now there is a total of eighteen states that have outlawed the death penalty. However, some states have just refused to use capital punishment which saves everyone from dealing with the legal trouble. The consequence of not outlawing the death penalty is that the next governor can exercise that right.
So Governor Inslee is not just letting these prisoners go free he is just letting them do prison time. One of his points that he mentioned in The New York Times had to with the taxpayers not paying for them. However, I would like to see how much more money the residents of Washington would be spending to keep all the death row criminals alive in prison. Or if their prisons are going to start being overpopulated like California Prisons. Could there be a spike in crime in Washington because the worst you can get now is a life sentence. There could be a potential blow back that Washington is not ready for, but since they did not change any laws I guess they could start reenacting the death penalty.
Washington is known to be a liberal state which works well with what the Governor Inslee is doing. Looking back to the 2012 election, The Seattle Times said that fifty six percent of voters voted for the Democratic party. Washington has also got a lot of news cover from legalizing marijuana. I think it is pretty safe to say that the state government is liberal.
“There are too many flaws in the system,” is what Governor Inslee said as he announced that he was not going to act on the death penalty. He also said, ““And when the ultimate decision is death, there is too much at stake to accept an imperfect system.”
“Jay Rodne, the ranking Republican on the Washington House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee, criticized Mr. Inslee’s announcement, saying that it came “out of the blue” and that the governor was taking into his own hands a matter that should be left to lawmakers.” New York Times
Besides the fact that Washington is not using the death penalty, other political issues have risen. Mr. Ronde has said “If there is support for abolition of the death penalty in Washington, then let’s have hearings and let’s have a vote,” and “I think this is cruel to families of the victims,” he added. “Justice should not be, basically, put on hiatus.” So since Washington is a liberal state why would they not try and change the law. I feel this shows doubt that it would not pass because he is simply by-passing the system. If Jay Inslee feels that capital punishment is unfair then why not outlaw it so that no one has to go through that process further down the road if the next governor is in favor of the death penalty.
Hearing about this at first surprised me. However, other states like Oregon and Colorado have already said that they will not act on the death penalty. Could this be the start of the end of the death penalty?