November 22, 2011 - At a press conference this afternoon, Gov. Kitzhaber said he will not allow further executions while he's in office and is calling for a review of the death penalty system in Oregon.

The ACLU of Oregon appreciates this courageous act on the part of the governor. We would also like to the thank the nearly 1,000 ACLU supporters who took action through our online letter asking the governor to block this execution and re-examine a system that is expensive, broken and arbitrary.

See the full text of Gov. Kitzhaber's prepared statement here.