The Times podcast: California’s death penalty flip-flops

Death row at San Quentin State Prison
A death row inmate is escorted back to his East Block cell after spending time in the yard at San Quentin State Prison on Aug. 16, 2016.
(Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

For decades, California voters and politicians have vacillated over the future of the death penalty. Currently, Gov. Gavin Newsom has put a moratorium on them and has ordered that death row at San Quentin State Prison — the largest in the United States — be emptied. Is this the end of the line for capital punishment in the Golden State — for real?

Host: Gustavo Arellano

Guests: L.A. Times columnist Patt Morrison

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