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California has joined Colorado, Oregon and Pennsylvania in imposing a ban on legal executions, says its Governor, Gavin Newsom, who has vowed that no prisoner in the stte will be executed while he is in office.

No prisoner has been executed in California since 2006. 24 inmates on death row – Harvey Heishman, has been there for 37 years and 11 months, the longest – in the state have exhausted their appeals, and a total of 737 inmates have been sentenced to death.

Newsom’s decision is against the wishes of Californian voters who have twice rejected abolition of the death penalty in the last six years.