Washington governor Jay Inslee‘s unilateral decision Tuesday to suspend all executions while he’s in office is causing concern among groups that help crime victims.
Inslee says he hopes his moratorium on capital punishment will help foster a national conversation about the death penalty.
The head of a group that helps crime victims, Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates, says their concern isn’t whether or not the death penalty is right. Cody Benson says their concern is Inslee’s decision could throw a wrench into the healing process for families struck by tragedy. The Coalition says justice should be balanced as carefully for victims as it is for criminals.
A woman who’s child was murdered years ago told me she wishes candidates for governor would take a stance on the death penalty during, not after, the campaign.
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