Yesterday Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington state suspended the death penalty.
"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."18 states have abolished the death penalty, six of them in just the last six years.
It's ironic that more and more states are rejecting the idea of killing its own citizens, while at the same time the Obama Administration is debating whether to assassinate one.
Much like the marijuana decriminalization/legalization debate, we are seeing a nationwide political change that is growing despite the fact that neither the media, nor Washington, has supported it.
Violent revenge killings may sell in politics and Hollywood movies, but executing people in an obviously flawed system that is reserved almost exclusively for the poor isn't nearly so sexy.
Governor Inslee's decision came just a week after a study was released showing that in 2013 a record 87 people exonerated of crimes which they had been convicted.
The number of U.S. criminals exonerated in 2013 climbed to a record high of 87, many of which were cleared due to DNA evidence or proof that the police forced a confession, according to a report released on Tuesday.8% of the exonerations occurred in death penalty cases.
Between 1989 and 2013 there has been 1,300 exonerations, only 28% of them because of DNA evidence.
The trend with states abolishing the death penalty is matched by a global trend.
The number of nations that has abolished the death penalty has gone from 16 in 1977 to 97 in 2012 and another 36 nations hadn't executed anyone in at least 10 years.