Sacramento, Calif. -- California Gov. Gavin Newsom is halting the execution of more than 700 condemned inmates on the nation's largest death row for at least as long as he's governor. California hasn't executed anyone since 2006.
Newsom's office told The Associated Press he will issue an executive order Wednesday granting a reprieve to every condemned inmate.
He's also withdrawing the lethal injection regulations that death penalty opponents have already tied up in court. And he's shuttering the execution chamber at San Quentin State Prison that has never been used.
Voters have narrowly supported the death penalty, most recently in 2016 when they voted to speed up the process. California hasn't executed anyone since 2006, under then-Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, and inmates are far more likely to die of old age.