No criminal offender could be sentenced to death. Any current inmate on death row would have their sentence changed to life in prison without possibility of parole.
- No offenders could be sentenced to death under state law.
- Offenders who are currently under a sentence of death would be resentenced to life without the possibility of parole.
- Persons found guilty of murder will be required to work and pay restitution. The state would provide a total of $100 million in grants to local law enforcement agencies over the next four years. This is offset by the saving that will be achieved.
- It takes about 20 years and 200 million dollars before someone is executed after being sentenced to death.
- There are currently 725 people on death row.
- California’s death penalty has been halted as of 2006 when a judge ruled that lethal injection was cruel and unusual punishment.
- There are only 3 District Attorney's in the state of California that are for the repeal.
- The moral arguments against the death penalty are very strong. However murder is a very emotional experience and logic may not bring comfort to the public or the victim’s family.
- The death penalty was repealed and reinstated in the 70’s. the repeal did not include a life sentence without the possibility of parole. Mass murder and cult leader Charles Manson was sentenced during this time and was in a large part the reason why the death penalty was reinstated. Charles has never passed a parole hearing and is eligible for parole again when he is 92.
- The cost estimate to change sentences from death to life without parole is 11.5 million per year
- Projected savings would be 100 million per year in the first few years then increasing to 130 million each year thereafter.
- Inmates that are sentenced to life without parole will be required to work and pay restitution.
- Do you feel that the cost of the death penalty is worth the justice it provides?
- Do you want to save 100 million per year in our prisons in these tought economic times?
- Do you want to keep the Death Penalty?
YES vote-No offenders could be sentenced to death under state law. Offenders who are currently under a sentence of death would be resentenced to life without the possibility of parole. The state would provide a total of $100 million in grants to local law enforcement agencies over the next four years.
No vote- Certain offenders convicted for murder could continue to be sentenced to death. The status of offenders currently under a sentence of death would not change. The state would not be required to provide local law enforcement agencies with additional grant funding.
- If this proposition passes then these death row inmates will be placed into general population. This could be a problem because they have no reason or incentive to behave. Currently, death row inmates are in a special security section of the prison and are separated from the general population. The mixing of short term prisoners and “lifers” could have a negative impact on short term convicts. These negative outcomes could range from extended sentences to being murdered. This could lead to the proposition being challenged in a court of law so that anyone who is convicted of a felony would be subject to cruel and unusual punishment because they are kept with “lifers”.
- Per section 7599.2(a) of the text, law enforcement agencies are not bound to use the grant money for the sole purpose of faster crime solving: “Projects and activities that may be funded include, but are not limited to,…” There are no penalty provisions if a Police Chief or Sheriff were to apply the money to compensation or newer squad cars.