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Likely 2020 presidential contender Pete Buttigieg explains why he once said ‘all lives matter’

South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg also said ending the death penalty should be part of criminal justice reform.

After months of promising to abolish the death penalty, Malaysia’s government now makes U-turn

A group of lawyers said the backtracking of the abolition was "shocking, unprincipled and embarrassing".

Striking images show California law-enforcement officers dismantling San Quentin death penalty chamber after Gov. Gavin Newsom’s order suspendin...

One image shows a sign up on the door of the now-defunct gas chamber saying that it was closed due to Gov. Gavin Newsom's executive order.
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) (L) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) leave the Senate Chamber following a vote in the US Capitol.

2020 Democrats Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, and Bernie Sanders applaud California’s governor for freezing the death penalty in his state

Democratic presidential candidates are lauding California Governor Gavin Newsom's decision to impose a moratorium on executions in his state.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to use executive action on the death penalty in a state where more than 730 inmates are on death row

If California eliminated the death penalty, it will join 20 states and Washington, DC to abolish the practice.
The Sri Lankan military marches in Colombo in February 2016. The country is reinstating the death penalty after a 43-year moratorium.

The country named the best place to visit in 2019 has taken out newspaper adverts to recruit executioners after reinstating the death penalty

Sri Lanka called for men with "excellent moral character" and "very good mind and mental strength" to apply for the job.

32 offences may no longer warrant the death penalty in Malaysia – including murder, kidnapping, and making nuclear weapons

Instead of the death penalty, those convicted of offences including gun use, drug trafficking, and the creation of weapons of mass destruction will receive sentences of at least 30 years' jail.

Malaysia to abolish colonial-era Sedition Act, death penalty

The Sedition Act has been suspended.

Washington state’s Supreme Court just tossed out its death penalty — here are the states that still have the power to execute prisoners

Washington state's Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the death penalty violates its constitution because it has been "imposed in an arbitrary and racially biased manner." Though the majority of states still retain capital punishment, few of them have actually used it in recent years.

Malaysia’s abolishing the death penalty – and all inmates on death row could be spared

Offenders of crimes like drug trafficking, firearms possession, murder and terrorism could soon be spared the noose.