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California Could Vote to End the Death Penalty

California Could Vote to End the Death Penalty

Last week, State Senator Loni Hancock introduced a bill in the California legislature which could abolish the death penalty, and commute all of the state’s death sentences to life without parole. Hancock’s proposal would place an initiative on the November 2012 ballot, allowing California voters to decide whether they want to join Illinois and the sixteen other states where capital punishment is illegal. Hancock says that ending the death penalty would save California billions of dollars, powerful words for a state in the grips of a massive budget crisis. ”We are spending $184 million a year on a death penalty fiction that actually rarely executes anyone and costs a fortune,” Hancock explained. California has an enormous number of people on death row (714 to be precise), nearly twice the number as Florida, the state with the next-largest death row population. And this is c...

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