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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.

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‘‘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.

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