Washington became the second state in the West Coast to abolish the death penalty along with Alaska which did so as a territory two years before being admitted to the Union in and the 20th state to outlaw executions all together. Views Read Edit View history. Governor Inslee's Communications Office. A total of executions have been carried out in the state and its predecessor territories since Noting the extra costs associated with capital trials and great disparities in the current system, the report suggested that compensation for attorneys be increased, with all defense and prosecution costs to be paid by the state. On September 10, , Cal Coburn Brown became the last person to be executed in the Washington State before it was abolished in This new law was itself found unconstitutional by the Washington Supreme Court , as a person who had pleaded not guilty could be sentenced to death, while someone who pleaded guilty would receive a maximum sentence of life imprisonment without possibility of parole. The current law was passed in to correct these constitutional defects.
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