STORYVoters To Decide If California Does Away With Death Penalty

(The information below was taken from the California Secretary of State’s website.)

Analysis | Arguments & Rebuttals | Text of Proposed Law (PDF)

Repeals death penalty and replaces it with life imprisonment without possibility of parole. Applies retroactively to existing death sentences. Increases the portion of life inmates’ wages that may be applied to victim restitution. Fiscal Impact: Net ongoing reduction in state and county criminal justice costs of around $150 million annually within a few years, although the impact could vary by tens of millions of dollars depending on various factors.

A YES vote on this measure means: No offenders could be sentenced to death by the state for first-degree murder. The most serious penalty available would be a prison term of life without the possibility of parole. Offenders who are currently under a sentence of death would be resentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

A NO vote on this measure means: Certain offenders convicted for first-degree murder could continue to be sentenced to death. There would be no change for offenders currently under a sentence of death.

PRO: Prop. 62 replaces the FAILED DEATH PENALTY SYSTEM with a strict life sentence without possibility of parole. Prisoners must work and pay restitution, instead of sitting on death row. Guarantees no innocent person is executed. TAXPAYERS SAVE $150 MILLION/year. Victims’ family members and former death penalty advocates: YES on 62.

CON: Prop. 62 repeals the death penalty for brutal killers, including child killers, mass murderers, serial killers, and rape/torture murderers. Prop. 62 means these murderers will live the rest of their lives at taxpayers’ expense, with free healthcare, long after their victims are gone. Law enforcement, victims’ families, and DAs oppose Prop. 62.

Quintin Mecke
Yes on Prop. 62, Replace the Costly, Failed Death Penalty System
5 Third Street, Suite 724
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 243-0143

Mike Ramos
Californians for Death Penalty Reform and Savings
520 Capitol Mall, Ste. 630
Sacramento, CA 95814
(800) 372-6417


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