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Calif. Voters To Decide On Death Penalty

April 24, 2012  | 

An initiative that would abolish the death penalty in favor of life without parole has qualified for the November ballot in California.

If successful, the initiative would make the state the 18th in the nation to ban capital punishment. In the past five years, four states have abolished the death penalty with Connecticut soon to follow.

California has executed 13 inmates in 23 years, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The death penalty has been abolished in Alaska, Hawaii, New Mexico, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, West Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Vermont, Massachusetts, Maine, and Rhode Island.


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Tschako @ 4/24/2012 7:22 PM

When will people realize that the reason the death penalty is so expensive is because of all the "rights" the liberals have bestowed on the sweet folks who so deservedly have been convicted. The other thing they don't realize is there is no "Life without parole". That sentence just gives them time to drag the case back to court to have it "adjusted" for some insignificant reason, and get paroled. The last time California eliminated the death penalty, hundreds of them were set free with $200 and instructions to report to the Parole Agent. The "LWOP" will just slow their releases a little. I write as a retired Parole Agent.

Frank @ 4/25/2012 4:01 AM

Californians! Look at it from a cost proposal issue. Your state is saving about $30k a year everytime the State of California executes a prisoner. Unless maybe we can turn them lose in your neighborhood to let you deal with him. An added benefit is the state would not be building any additional prisons. Criminal would flock to another state because of the death penalty. Now if we can get the Repeal process streamlined we all come out winners. Society does not need evil people living amongst us. Think of the children.

[email protected] @ 4/26/2012 11:14 PM

Frank, Your forgetting, this is California! You know, the state with the lowest crime rate in ....er, never mind. But it is the state with the fewest gangs.....ah,yeah, ..how 'bout the lamest Chiefs!!! I knew I'd get it right sooner or later. We all know prison cures a person from ever wanting to go back.........

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