The death penalty is simply not worth the cost. The money we spend on our failed death penalty program in California could pay for 1,500 new police officers, or 3,000 new teachers, or the cost of pre-K for 20,000 children. These are the type of investments we need to make to provide security and opportunity for the next generation of Californians.
A 3-year-old has lost his life, a mother has lost her son and a family has lost their star. The child lost his life at the hands of one person; that one person who was always supposed to protect his son. On September 5, 2015 near Memphis, TN, 3-year-old Josiah was transported to the hospital and pronounced dead.
There is a common conservative narrative that the disproportionate incarceration of black people is not the result of systemic racism, but rather of shortcomings within the black community.This "fact" is used to justify a belief that a "culture of violence" is to blame for problems faced by black people in America.