Death chamber at San Quentin officially closes

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The death chamber at San Quentin is officially closed, according to the office of the Governor of California. 

Gavin Newsom’s office tweeted photos of the execution chambers being dismantled Wednesday afternoon. 

The photos show staff carrying out equipment and signs saying ‘CLOSED’ on the lethal injection and gas chambers at San Quentin. 

This comes after Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order putting a moratorium on the death penalty in California Wednesday morning. 

Newsom signed the order granting a reprieve to the state’s 737 death row inmates for as long as the Democrat is governor. It doesn’t change any convictions or sentences and won’t allow anyone to be released from prison.

Newsom says his views on the death penalty were shaped 40 years ago through his grandfather’s and father’s advocacy on behalf of a wrongfully convicted man.

His order also repeals California’s lethal injection protocols and closes the state’s never-before-used death chamber at a state prison. California hasn’t executed anyone since 2006.

President Donald Trump says Newsom is “defying voters.” California voters narrowly approved a ballot measure to speed up executions in 2016.

The Associated Press contributed to this report 

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