OREGON– Oregon is narrowing the types of crimes that would warrant the death penalty.
Governor Kate Brown signed Senate Bill 1013 into law on Thursday.
In Oregon, capital punishment applies to cases of “aggravated murder.”
Previously, a number of crimes were eligible for the death penalty. They included the killing of on-duty police officers, murder for hire, or killing someone during a rape or robbery.
The new law restricts capital punishment to killings motivated by terrorism that kill two or more people, killing children age 14 or younger, killings by a person incarcerated or by a person previously incarcerated for aggravated murder and murder in the first degree, and premeditated killings of police or corrections officers.
The Oregon Department of Corrections told NBC5 News that 31 people are currently on death row.
The state has not carried out an execution since 1997.
Amanda Rose is a multimedia journalist for NBC5 News. Amanda graduated from Columbia University earning a Master’s degree in Journalism. She also received a Bachelor’s degree in English with a specialization in literature from the University of British Columbia. She’s a Los Angeles native, but is thrilled to return to the beautiful Pacific Northwest and is passionate about reporting on the criminal justice system.