Last week the state Supreme Court ruled to abolish the state’s death penalty because it was inconsistently applied.
Instead, convicts on death row now have been sentenced to life in prison.
The decision made Washington the 20th state in the U.S. to outlaw capital punishment.
“Today’s decision by the state Supreme Court thankfully ends the death penalty in Washington,” Inslee wrote on Twitter Oct. 11. “This is a hugely important moment in our pursuit for equal and fair application of justice.”
In 2014, Inslee ordered a moratorium on all executions.
He went on to say, “The court makes it perfectly clear that capital punishment in our state has been imposed in an ‘arbitrary and racially biased manner,’ is ‘unequally applied’ and serves no criminal justice goal.”
No criminal justice goal? Really?
People who are sentenced for heinous crimes typically have either been convicted by a jury or with a self-admitted guilty plea.
Now, instead of treating convicted criminals in a manner that is appropriate to both society and the victims, we simply lock them away for life?
Meanwhile, our tax dollars will go toward feeding, housing and medical expenses for people who should have been punished once and for all.
While the court did not say executing people was wrong, it noted evidence shown at death sentences have been “imposed in an arbitrary and racially biased manner.”
We don’t believe race is the problem. Remember, these criminals were convicted of a terrible crime. If anything, that means there is a problem with the court system.
Instead of Inslee praising the courts for their ruling, perhaps he should think about the victims for a minute?