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U.S. President Donald Trump was sharply critical of California, after the governor of the country's most populous state planned to issue an executive moratorium suspending the death penalty. Only 13 people have been executed... In February, the association representing deputy district attorneys in Los Angeles County accused the state's elected officials of foot-dragging on enforcing the death penalty and of substituting their own values for the ratified votes of the majority of California's electorate.

Trump tweeted Wednesday that voters don't support Newsom's decision on behalf of the "737 stone cold killers". "Friends and families of the always forgotten VICTIMS are not thrilled, and neither am I!"

Newsom's office told The Associated Press he will issue an executive order Wednesday granting a reprieve to every condemned inmate. A new execution protocol is under review, but Newsom's order will withdraw it. "Their system has had multiple innocence issues and is overrun with issues of racial and socioeconomic bias", said Conservatives Concerned about the Death Penalty in a statement. He said 164 death-row inmates have been exonerated in the last 45 years. Jerry Brown both "abandoned the state's defense of Proposition 8", which barred same-sex marriage in California.

"I believe that the death penalty is wrong and I'm exercising my right pursuant to the will of voters and the constitution", he said.

And although voters in 2016 narrowly approved a ballot measure to speed up the punishment, no condemned inmate faced imminent execution. "California has historically been a massive producer of death sentences, but very rarely executes anyone", said Mandery, who has written several books on the death penalty.

An execution chamber in a file photo.

Newsom may have a point to at least looking into the state's approach to the death penalty.

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At the same time, a poll from PPIC found that most Californians preferred life imprisonment to the use of the death penalty.

They're just some of the more than 700 people sentenced to die in California who've had their death sentences put on hold by an executive order from Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Newsom signed the order Wednesday granting a reprieve to the state's 737 death row inmates for as long as the Democrat is governor.

An armed California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officer is seen reflected in the window of a cell at San Quentin State Prison's death row adjustment center on August 15, 2016 in San Quentin, California.

Today, it's hard to find a mainstream Democrat in California who supports the death penalty.

California has not executed a prisoner since 2006 because of a series of legal challenges to its lethal injection method. That's more than four times the amount of the second-deadliest state, Virginia, where there were 113 executions, or the third-deadliest, which is Oklahoma with 112 executions.

"I do want to work with him on emergency preparedness and emergency planning", Newsom said.

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