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.

Summary
  • 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.
Controversy
  • 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  • The death penalty was repealed and reinstated in the 70’s. the repeal did not include a life sentence without the possibility of parole.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.
Fiscal Impact
  • 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.

Questions -
  1. Do you feel that the cost of the death penalty is worth the justice it provides?
  2. Do you want to save 100 million per year in our prisons in these tought economic times?
  3. 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.


 

Notes-
  • 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.

 

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