Washington Governor Jay Inslee suspends death penalty

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Governor Jay Inslee said Tuesday that he is suspending the use of the death penalty in Washington state for as long as he is in office, announcing a move that he hopes will enable officials to ‘‘join a growing national conversation about capital punishment.’’

The first-term Democrat said he came to the decision after months of review, meetings with victims’ families, prosecutors, and law enforcement.


‘‘There have been too many doubts raised about capital punishment, there are too many flaws in this system today,’’ Inslee said at a news conference. ‘‘There is too much at stake to accept an imperfect system.’’

Inslee said he would support a permanent ban from lawmakers. Washington state has not executed an inmate in more than three years.

Associated Press

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