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California Death Penalty

Some States Look To Speed Up Controversial Practice

stateline | Maggie Clark | Posted 06.18.2013 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

Executing the Death Penalty

David Protess | Posted 05.19.2013 | Chicago
David Protess

In 1999, a French journalist made a bold prediction to me. "Your country will abolish capital punishment in the next 25 years." I thought of our conversation on Friday when I learned that Maryland will ban capital punishment.

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.

An Encouraging Bump in the Road to Death Penalty Abolition

Ty Alper | Posted 01.09.2013 | Politics
Ty Alper

Prop 34 moved the conversation light years ahead in this state, and it lost by a narrow margin. When we finally abolish the death penalty, in California, and in every state, we will look back at this defeat as a bump in the long road.

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.

Voters Reject A Death Penalty Ban

AP | PAUL ELIAS | Posted 01.07.2013 | San Francisco

LOS ANGELES — California voters rejected the latest attempt to repeal California's death penalty, dealing a blow to activists who saw the electi...

LOOK: An Unbelievably Awkward Photo Of Jerry Brown Casting His Vote

Robin Wilkey | Posted 11.06.2012 | San Francisco

It's Election Day in the United States, and one of the first people to the polling place was California's own Governor Jerry Brown. Dressed in blu...

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 Death Penalty Opponents Test Out A New Argument

AP | PAUL ELIAS | Posted 01.23.2014 | San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO -- Death penalty opponents in California are trying a new argument this year: Abolish capital punishment because the perpetually cash-st...

Who Shall Live and Who Shall Die?

Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D.

When the Bible commands us "Justice, justice shall you pursue," the repetition is to teach that not only we must have just ends, our means to those ends must be equally just.

Why Death Row Inmates Want To Keep The Death Penalty

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Miles | Posted 10.26.2012 | Los Angeles

Voter support for a ballot measure to repeal California's death penalty has increased dramatically, according to a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll...

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.

Prop 34: Should California Repeal The Death Penalty?

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 10.23.2012 | Los Angeles

Prop 34, or the SAFE California initiative, would repeal the death penalty in California. Those already on death row (724 people) would be sentenced t...

10 Ballot Measures To Watch In 2012

The Huffington Post | Matt Sledge | Posted 10.16.2012 | Politics

Everybody is watching Mitt Romney and Barack Obama campaign in the presidential election. But as they go to the polls this November, voters will also ...

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.

Matt Sledge

Sister Helen Prejean Stumps For Anti-Death Penalty Proposition

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 10.03.2012 | Politics

NEW YORK -- California voters will decide next month whether to outlaw capital punishment in their state. With the latest poll showing death penalty a...

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.

No Death Penalty For Ex-Body Builder Who Killed Rock Star's Mom

AP | PAUL ELIAS | Posted 09.16.2012 | Crime

SAN FRANCISCO — The California Supreme Court on Monday tossed out the death sentence of a man convicted of murdering rock guitarist Dave Navarro...

Let the Voters Decide

Jeanne Woodford | Posted 06.14.2012 | Crime
Jeanne Woodford

District Attorneys have a great deal of power and responsibility -- and so do we. We must make the DAs stop and listen so they can accurately speak for ALL the people instead of catering to special interests.

Death Row Suicide Highlights Executions' Delays

AP | PAUL ELIAS | Posted 06.10.2012 | Crime

SAN FRANCISCO -- When James Lee Crummel hanged himself in his San Quentin Prison cell last month, he had been living on Death Row for almost eight yea...

Unapproved Lethal Injection Drugs In California Prisons

| Posted 05.30.2012 | Los Angeles

This article comes to us courtesy of California Watch By Ryan Gabrielson California prison officials are trying to keep possession of a scarce l...

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.

Since When Don't We Put a Price Tag on Justice?

Ty Alper | Posted 07.16.2012 | Crime
Ty Alper

Faced with unassailable evidence that the death penalty in California costs hundreds of millions of dollars per year, supporters tend to respond with what is intended to be a conversation stopper: "You can't put a price tag on justice."