From Governor’s web site
Governor Tom Wolf Announces a Moratorium on the Death Penalty in
Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced a moratorium on the
death penalty in Pennsylvania that will remain in effect until the governor
has received and reviewed the forthcoming report of the Pennsylvania Task
Force and Advisory Commission on Capital Punishment, established under
Senate Resolution 6 of 2011, and there is an opportunity to address all
“Today’s action comes after significant consideration and reflection,” said
Governor Wolf. “This moratorium is in no way an expression of sympathy for
the guilty on death row, all of whom have been convicted of committing
heinous crimes. This decision is based on a flawed system that has been
proven to be an endless cycle of court proceedings as well as ineffective,
unjust, and expensive. Since the reinstatement of the death penalty, 150
people have been exonerated from death row nationwide, including six men in
Pennsylvania. Recognizing the seriousness of these concerns, the Senate
established the bipartisan Pennsylvania Task Force and Advisory Commission
to conduct a study of the effectiveness of capital punishment in
Pennsylvania. Today’s moratorium will remain in effect until this
commission has produced its recommendation and all concerns are addressed
This morning, Gov. Wolf took the first step in placing a moratorium on the
death penalty by granting a temporary reprieve to inmate Terrance Williams,
who was scheduled to be executed on March 4, 2015. Governor Wolf will grant
a reprieve – not a commutation – in each future instance in which an
execution for a death row inmate is scheduled, establishing an effective
moratorium on the death penalty in Pennsylvania. For death row inmates, the
conditions and confinement will not change.
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