California Legislature: Pass SB 490 to replace the death penalty!
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California Legislature: Pass SB 490 to replace the death penalty!

    1. Petition by

      ACLU of California Death Penalty Campaign

The death penalty in California is a dysfunctional failure that risks killing innocent people and costs taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. SB 490 will give voters the option to replace the death penalty with life without parole, saving Californians $1 billion over five years.

The death penalty costs $184 million each year in California, according to a new report by a federal judge and a law professor. A single execution costs $308 million above the cost of life without parole. Meanwhile education, health care, and law enforcement are drastically underfunded.

Life without parole is a better alternative that saves funds to keep our communities safe, provides swift and certain justice for victim's family members, and does not run the risk of killing an innocent person. We can save $1 billion over the next five years without releasing a single prisoner. Support SB 490 for real justice and public safety.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 10,000 signatures
    2. SB 490: Letting the Voters Make an Informed Decision

      Check out petition creator James Clark's blog post on SB 490. Be sure it share it, Facebook it and Tweet it!

    3. SB 490: Letting the Voters Make an Informed Decision

      No one is surprised to learn that California’s death penalty is a broken and dysfunctional  system. After all, you don’t have to go far in California to find any government bureaucracy that’s broken or dysfunctional – it’s finding a...

    4. Reached 500 signatures
    5. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Jonathan Vogel SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      McKlesky v. Kemp got it wrong!

    • Tanisha Stewart OAKLAND, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      Murder should not be condoned be it done in the streets or by the state.

    • Jeff Boehlow OVERLAND, MO
      • about 3 years ago

      an eye for an eye leaves everyone blind!

    • Bonita Wright OAKLAND, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      The death penalty MUST be STOPPED. I am sigining this petition to end the death penalty and replace it with life without parole. Or better yet for a much more reformative prevention program for those who show dramatic changes while in prison. Some people drastically change, some are charged and convicted with crimes which aren't true, and much of the money we are spending on DEATH needs to be spent on LIFE. Education is life!!!! So I'm supporting the SB 490 bill and standing in agreement with others who call for change.

    • Diamond Moore NEWARK, DE
      • about 3 years ago

      Hi, please sign my petition against discrimination,


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