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California Prop 34

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...