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California to hold vote on abolition of death penalty
Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5:24PM BST 24 Apr 2012 | Nick Allen

Posted on 04/24/2012 11:38:44 PM PDT by Olog-hai

California is to hold a referendum on whether to abolish the death penalty and spare the lives of 723 death row inmates, nearly one quarter of all those facing execution in America.

The vote will take place alongside political elections in November after more than 500,000 people in the state signed a petition asking for the issue to be added to the ballot.

California is the state with the highest number of prisoners awaiting execution, and its San Quentin prison houses the largest death row facility in the US.

Under the proposal being voted on, those currently sentenced to death would have their terms commuted to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. They would have to get jobs in jail with their wages going to victims.

It would make California the 18th state not to have capital punishment. …

The issue will be fiercely debated in California where a poll last year put support for the death penalty in serious cases at 68 percent.

However, the state has not put anyone to death since 2006 when a judge halted executions until a new death chamber was built and lethal injection procedures improved.

Since 1976 the state has executed a total of 13 people. In the same time Texas carried out 481 executions.

Supporters of repealing the death penalty are arguing their case primarily on cost grounds. They claim it would save the state tens of millions of dollars a year that is spent on maintaining death row and paying for lawyers involved in decade long appeals.

The measure is being sponsored by Jeanne Woodford, the former warden of San Quentin who is now an anti-death penalty advocate. …

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: deathpenalty; deathrow; freeride; inmates

1 posted on 04/24/2012 11:38:50 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai
How about a referendum to speed these things up?
2 posted on 04/24/2012 11:56:55 PM PDT by Dagnabitt (If I had a failed one-term President, he'd look like Obama.)
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To: Olog-hai

This has about as much chance of passing as I do of becoming the Pope.

And I’m not even catholic.


3 posted on 04/25/2012 12:01:24 AM PDT by Bullish
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To: Bullish

Hope this lost cause soaks up a lot of Leftist dollars.


4 posted on 04/25/2012 12:04:07 AM PDT by Dagnabitt (If I had a failed one-term President, he'd look like Obama.)
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To: Olog-hai

************* and let God sort ‘em out. When was the last time California executed a killer? Must be years ago.


5 posted on 04/25/2012 12:07:23 AM PDT by dennisw
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To: Dagnabitt

At least 70% of California voters will reject this retarded initiative.

Liberals are such imbeciles.


6 posted on 04/25/2012 12:08:37 AM PDT by Bullish
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To: Olog-hai

Does it matter either way this vote goes? Cali has a moratorium on this anyway. What is to stop Brown or the courts from imposing one anyway if it passes like before? The other issue is that even when it was operational, the state didn’t use it. 13 kills since it was reinstated in the 70’s and 400+ waiting for the needle in San Quentin. I bet more die of natural causes on death row than killed by the state.


7 posted on 04/25/2012 12:09:22 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Olog-hai

Yeah, this will fix things in California......


8 posted on 04/25/2012 12:10:06 AM PDT by Tzimisce (THIS SUCKS)
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To: Bullish

How about a referendum where we allow these killers to live in liberals homes without any restrictions? Libtards love criminals and terrorists anyways. Maybe they will show us evil conservatives how it’s done ;)


9 posted on 04/25/2012 12:14:48 AM PDT by max americana
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To: Olog-hai
whether to abolish the death penalty and spare the lives of 723 death row inmates

How many REALLY are in danger of being executed? How many executions has California carried out in the last 10 years? Death penalty doesn't work when you don't actually execute the perps. Hello.

10 posted on 04/25/2012 12:19:08 AM PDT by TheBattman (Isn't the lesser evil... still evil?)
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To: Olog-hai

How about a referendum on whether Leftist initiatives should ever be allowed on the ballot again. Now there’s an initiative I could get behind.

The sad thing about the initiative process, is that no matter how many times the Leftists are defeated on matters of importance, they still come back and try the same insane thing again.

We vote to end state expenditures for services for illegals. We defeat it. It’s struck down by the 9th Circuit, and we are basically defeated.

We vote to prevent homosexual marriage. We defeat it. That’s struck down too.

We vote to keep the death penalty. We win. The courts put it on hold, and another ballot initiative pops up to make it the will of the people.

Honest to God, nobody but nobody speaks for Conservatives these days. And Frankly, the public agrees with us on a good many issues.


11 posted on 04/25/2012 12:34:12 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Okay, now lets see if the RNC, Rove, and Card can get him elected without their core base. Game on!)
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To: Olog-hai

California has the death penalty in prison. It’s called natural causes.


12 posted on 04/25/2012 12:37:48 AM PDT by I Drive Too Fast
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To: Olog-hai

California’s Death Row is probably the safest place in the world. Nobody dies there except from old age.


13 posted on 04/25/2012 3:44:50 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Olog-hai

Oh sure, abolish the death penalty and then ship all 723 inmates to the new ‘Charlie Manson Dorm’ and tell Charlie “hey you freakazoid? All 723 of these new fellow inmates of yours just so happen to be distant relatives of Sharon Tate, imagine that?

Then let nature take it’s course.


14 posted on 04/25/2012 4:04:07 AM PDT by mkjessup (Finley Peter Dunne- "Politics ain't beanbag")
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To: Olog-hai

The twisted mind of liberals. Abolish the death penalty for adult, convicted criminals while aggresively promoting the abortion of the totally innocent.


15 posted on 04/25/2012 4:09:29 AM PDT by iontheball
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To: Venturer

California’s death row is the safest place on earth and the most dangerous is still the area between Chuck U. Schumer and a microphone.


16 posted on 04/25/2012 4:28:35 AM PDT by mc5cents
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To: mc5cents

Makes no difference... has anyone died in the last 30 years???


17 posted on 04/25/2012 5:39:25 AM PDT by Hojczyk
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To: Olog-hai

Mend it, don’t end it.


18 posted on 04/25/2012 6:49:03 AM PDT by TheDon (The Democrat Party, the party of the KKK (tm))
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To: Hojczyk
has anyone died in the last 30 years???

Tookie, the 'gangsta' cause celebre, a few years back.

19 posted on 04/25/2012 7:17:24 AM PDT by bassmaner (Hey commies: I am a white male, and I am guilty of NOTHING! Sell your 'white guilt' elsewhere.)
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To: Olog-hai

Abolishing incarceration would save even more.
Just send a letter reprimanding the perp!

Of course the letter should be phrased in a way that the perp’s self-esteem isn’t injured.

A justice system without a death penalty is an expensive charade.


20 posted on 04/25/2012 7:26:04 AM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: bassmaner

If SEVEN is “a “few years. Time flies.


21 posted on 04/25/2012 11:35:38 AM PDT by newzjunkey (Newt says, "A nominee that depresses turnout won't beat Barack Obama.")
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To: Dagnabitt
How about a referendum to speed these things up?

With 723, at a rate of one execution per month, with no additional condemned, it will now take 60 years and 4 months to clear death row.

22 posted on 04/25/2012 11:39:24 AM PDT by newzjunkey (Newt says, "A nominee that depresses turnout won't beat Barack Obama.")
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