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.
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Colina and Ralph Seeley