We are grateful that Gov. Tom Wolf has declared a moratorium on executions, at least until he receives a report from a legislative study commission that has been studying the topic for some four years.
This moratorium is an important first step.
In Illinois, a moratorium on the death penalty dates back to the year 2000, when Republican Gov. George Ryan suspended executions. In 2011, the Illinois legislature asked then-Gov. Pat Quinn to abandon the death penalty, which he did. The process took a long time and was not easy.
We hope that Pennsylvania can make bipartisan progress and add our state to the group of 18 states without death penalties.
Colina and Ralph Seeley