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and we are as I speak , as I speak , shutting down removing the equipment in the death chamber at San Quentin California governor Gavin Newsom's executive order on Wednesday puts a moratorium on the death penalty and grants reprieves to all seven hundred thirty seven inmates on death row it's a dramatic shift in how this day deals with its most heinous criminal felons but it may be largely symbolic in the short term , California's death row is crowded with inmates many have been there for decades and convicted murderers are still being sentenced to death in local court rooms though none have actually been put to death since two thousand six do we have the right to kill Newsome says no he doesn't have the power to overturn California's death penalty law as governor but he can refuse to sign any death warrants reprieve those on , death row not commuting the sentences , people still remain , in custody , we are no longer going to support , the injection protocol it's a protocol that's been attacked in a litany of legal challenges that effectively put the death penalty in California on hold for more than a decade Newsome says he's met with stakeholders on all sides of the hot button topic in making his decision a moratorium he says sends a message that we are quote better than this