California Governor Gavin Newsom will suspend the death penalty across the state, which will allow over 700 people facing death sentences to live.
Newsom is set to sign an executive order Wednesday which will affect one-fourth of the country’s death row inmates.
The moratorium comes just three years after California voters voted to keep the death penalty and expedite executions.
Those affected by the executive order will remain in prison while the execution chamber closes in the Bay Area’s San Quentin.
President Trump slammed the decision, saying victims and their families are not happy about Newsom’s decision.
Defying voters, the Governor of California will halt all death penalty executions of 737 stone cold killers. Friends and families of the always forgotten VICTIMS are not thrilled, and neither am I!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2019
Newsom claims the executions are a waste of tax dollars, and the practice is discriminatory to minorities.
Despite Newsom’s remarks, California voters voted against ending capital punishment twice, both in 2006 and 2016.
No sentences of convictions will be changed despite the move.