SAN QUENTIN (CBS13) – The death chamber at San Quentin State Prison has been closed.

In photos posted by the California Governor’s Office on Wednesday, the gas chamber chair can be seen being hauled out of the room. Signs were also posted, reading: “Lethal Injection Facility is CLOSED per Executive Order N-09-19” and “Gas Chamber CLOSED per Executive Order “N-09-19.”

The lethal injection chair being taken out. (Credit Office of the Governor of California)

The lethal injection chair being taken out. (Credit Office of the Governor of California)

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order on Wednesday placing a moratorium on executions. He called the death penalty “a failure.”

“This is about who I am as a human being, this is about what I can or cannot do; to me this was the right thing to do,” Gov. Newsom said at the Wednesday press conference announcing the executive order.

The gas chamber now has a sign reading CLOSED. (Credit: Office of the Governor of California)

The gas chamber now has a sign reading CLOSED. (Credit: Office of the Governor of California)

A total of 737 inmates are on death row, which is housed at San Quentin. Of those, there are 49 inmates from the Sacramento and surrounding area affected by the order.

Newsom’s order has been criticized by President Donald Trump.

“Friends and families of the always forgotten VICTIMS are not thrilled, and neither am I!” Trump tweeted.

No one has been executed in California since 2006.

Comments (3)
  1. Michael Allen says:

    More proof your vote doesn’t count in this state!

  2. Eileen Kephart says:

    “This is about who I am as a human being, this is about what I can or cannot do; to me this was the right thing to do,”

    I, I, Me…spoken like a true malignant narcissist. And I voted for him. As an elected public servant, Gov. Newsom should abide by the will of the people who voted NOT to get rid of the death penalty, and not decide unilaterally and implement immediately what HE personally thinks is the right thing to do. All this being said, I think the death penalty should be implemented (within one year and with no appeals) only for mass murderers, serial killers, serial pedophiles (all cases in which the Identity and guilt of the accused is never in question), and off-the-charts cases like the child torture-murder mentioned in this article.

    What’s next, Newbie Newsom? Taking away the recently approved punishment enhancements for gang-related murderers?

  3. Eileen Kephart says:

    Actually, the child murder case was mentioned in another article which contained the link to this article. My bad.

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