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Death Penalty Foes Submit Enough Signatures

March 22, 2012

Opponents of the death penalty have turned in 800,000 signatures in an effort to qualify a repeal initiative for the November ballot, reports the Daily Journal. The number is well above the 504,000 required by the Secretary of State's office and will now proceed to verification.

Supporters of the SAFE California Act say a repeal of capital punishment would save the state hundreds of millions of dollars, the first $100 million of which should go towards solving murder and rape cases. The death penalty, they argue should be replaced by life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Nearly a quarter or the courts' time is spent reviewing death penalty cases. The review and appeals routinely span decades, and no one has been executed since 2006, when a federal judge set a moratorium to review the constitutionality of the lethal injection process. Recent polls showed a majority of voters still support capital punishment.


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Opponents of capital punishment in California have until March 19 to collect more than half a million signatures to qualify an initiative for the November ballot. The Savings, Accountability and Full Enforcement for California Act would repeal the death penalty - which was re-enacted in California in 1974 - and replace it with life without parole.

Capital Punishment in California
Inmates currently on death row
721
Executions since 1976
13
Inmates who committed suicide while awaiting execution
18
Inmates who died of other causes while awaiting execution
62
Annual cost of death penalty system
$185,000,000+

Reader Comments

Blanche Crandall - February 5, 2012
I vote yes for the abolition of the death penalty. Murder never justifies murder. USA should not be in business of killing. Life without parole costs less than the killing of a person on death row.

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