Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) said he is suspending the use of the death penalty “over concerns that the punishment is being unfairly applied,” the Washington Post reports.
Said Inslee: “Equal justice under the law is the state’s primary responsibility … And in death penalty cases, I’m not convinced equal justice is being served. The use of the death penalty in this state is unequally applied.”
“There have been too many doubts raised about capital punishment … There are too many flaws in the system. And when the ultimate decision is death there is too much at stake to accept an imperfect system.”
An Amnesty International graph shows that murder rates in states that apply the death penalty are actually higher than the rates in other states: