wa–death penalty repeal

Washington Senate passes bill to abolish death penalty

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The Washington Senate has passed a measure to abolish the state's death penalty.Senate Bill 6052 passed on 26-22 bipartisan vote and now heads to the House for consideration. Previous efforts to ban the death penalty have failed to gain traction in recent years, in spite of a moratorium put in place by Gov. Jay Inslee in 2014. As long as the moratorium is in place, death row inmates will remain in prison rather than face execution.

County prosecutor calls for repeal of Washington's death penalty

SEATTLE (AP) - King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg is urging lawmakers to repeal the state's death penalty.The Northwest News Network reports that Satterberg plans to testify on Monday in favor of a proposal to replace capital punishment with life without the possibility of parole.Satterberg has previously called for a change to the state's death penalty, but that idea has not gained traction.