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California Capital Punishment

California's Death-Penalty Regime Ruled Unconstitutional: It Should Have Been Buried More Than 50 Years Ago

Sanford Jay Rosen | Posted 07.24.2014 | Crime
Sanford Jay Rosen

In 1960 the Supreme Court could have kept Caryl Chessman from being executed in San Quentin's death chamber. He was executed more than 11 years after his conviction, following countless state and federal post-conviction proceedings and appeals. Unfortunately, the Supreme Court did not seize that opportunity.

Can You Hear the Death Rattle of Capital Punishment in California?

Burke E. Strunsky | Posted 07.22.2014 | Crime
Burke E. Strunsky

After Judge Carney's decision, I am very concerned that many murder victims' families will soon be dealt another painful blow. If the state retroactively eliminates the death penalty, many grieving people, already robbed of so much, will lose the justice and closure that juries, after a thorough and lengthy review of all the facts, had granted them.

Torture on Death Row

Vincent Warren | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Vincent Warren

More than three decades after the Supreme Court reversed its stance on capital punishment, conditions on death rows across the country remain nothing short of barbaric.

Deciding Death

Michael Meltsner | Posted 08.06.2013 | Crime
Michael Meltsner

The real question raised by the contemporary death penalty is not whether some convicted killers deserve it -- it's a common human response that they do -- but whether society does.

What Kind Of People Might We Become If We Stopped Killing Killers?

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 01.28.2013 | Religion
Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.

While most of us never have to notice how much killing happens on our behalf, the social ethos of retribution and punishment behind the urge to execute infects much of our society and our souls.

The Debate Over Capital Punishment

Burke E. Strunsky | Posted 01.08.2013 | San Francisco
Burke E. Strunsky

As a prosecutor who deals with the "worst of the worst," I was deeply troubled by the potential success of a referendum campaign called Proposition 34 that overturned the death penalty in California.

Calif. Leads the Nation in Wrongful Convictions -- I Would Know

Franky Carrillo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Franky Carrillo

I was locked up more than 20 years ago for a murder I did not commit and last year, I was finally able to prove my innocence and was released. Replacing the death penalty is the only way we can guarantee that we will never make a fatal mistake in California.

Yes on 34 Takes the Lead

Jeanne Woodford | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jeanne Woodford

Over my 30-year career in the California Department of Corrections, I rose through the ranks from a corrections officer working in prisons to the warden of death row. I know firsthand that the death penalty wastes money and does not make us any safer.

California's Prop. 34 Will Stop the Execution of the Innocent

David A. Love | Posted 12.29.2012 | Los Angeles
David A. Love

The death penalty is expensive, provides no deterrent effect, and represents pure retribution -- a visceral bloodlust that invokes a violent American past. But most of all, the death penalty -- as practiced in California and throughout the U.S. -- is irretrievably broken.

Vote Yes on Prop 34

Franky Carrillo | Posted 12.23.2012 | Crime
Franky Carrillo

When I was just 16 years old, I was stripped of my freedom, wrongfully convicted of a murder I did not commit. I spent twenty years behind bars before I was finally able to prove my innocence. If I had been sentenced to death, would I have been able to prove my innocence in time?

Californians' Votes on Proposition 34 Count for Much More than the Future of California's Death Penalty

Bidish Sarma | Posted 10.23.2012 | Politics
Bidish Sarma

The vote on November 6 is not just a referendum on whether the one billion dollar governmental program that is the death penalty in California is worth it. It is a referendum on whether we will put an end to a system broken beyond repair.

The Courtesy of Death

Joseph Rauch | Posted 12.11.2012 | College
Joseph Rauch

I agree that the death penalty is flawed in its implementation but I support it in principle and believe having good morals and supporting the death penalty are not mutually exclusive.

Prosecuting Jesus In Pasadena

Mark Osler | Posted 12.11.2012 | Religion
Mark Osler

There is no explicit argument for or against the death penalty, only the implicit message that this is an issue that should engage our faith, regardless of which side we are on.

California's Historic Opportunity to End the Death Penalty

John Dear | Posted 12.02.2012 | Los Angeles
John Dear

Californians have the chance to make history on November 6th. Perhaps then, they might inspire the rest of the country to throw the death penalty in the dust bin where it belongs.

Innocent & Executed: It Could Have Been Me

Franky Carrillo | Posted 07.17.2012 | Crime
Franky Carrillo

I was wrongfully convicted when I was 16 years old and served 20 years in prison before proving my innocence. That mistake took two decades from me, but it took Carlos DeLuna's life.

Another State Could Ban Death Penalty In November

AP | By PAUL ELIAS | Posted 06.24.2012 | Politics

SAN FRANCISCO -- California voters will soon get a chance to decide whether to replace the death penalty with life in prison without the possibility o...

How California Could Save Millions By Ending The Death Penalty

2011-03-16-Screenshot20110316at9.39.25AM.jpeg | Will Evans | Posted 12.10.2011 | Los Angeles

Story comes courtesy of California Watch By Will Evans A nonpartisan analysis of a California ballot initiative to abolish the death penalty fou...

Bill To Abolish Death Penalty In California Advances

latimes.com | Posted 09.06.2011 | Los Angeles

A proposal to ask California voters to repeal the death penalty was advanced Thursday by a state legislative panel after opponents of the current law...

Documents Reveal California's Worldwide Execution Drug Search

AP | PAUL ELIAS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

SAN FRANCISCO — The e-mail from one California prison official to another almost reads like something out of a spy novel: "May have a secret and...

Judge Refuses To Block Execution Of Albert Greenwood Brown

AP | PAUL ELIAS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

SAN FRANCISCO — California's first execution in nearly five years was pushed back almost two days Monday by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to allow ...

Once Opposed to Capital Punishment, Jerry Brown Wants Executions To Resume In California

AP | PAUL ELIAS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Whether California's first execution in more than four years will occur next week remained an open question Tuesday, as a jud...

Albert Brown's Execution Cancelled Again: State Runs Out Of Lethal Injection Drug

AP | PAUL ELIAS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

SAN FRANCISCO — California's first execution attempt in nearly five years collapsed Wednesday amid two adverse court rulings in as many days and...