Cut the Death Penalty in California
  • Petitioned California Governor

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California Governor
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State Rep. Adrin Nazarian
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State Rep. Allan Mansoor
California-006
State Sen. Darrell Steinberg

Cut the Death Penalty in California

    1. James Clark
    2. Petition by

      James Clark

      Pasadena, CA

Oakland is laying off police officers, L.A. can't afford overtime for homicide investigators, and the state's Victim Compensation Program was cut by $50 million. To close California's $25 billion budget gap, the governor has proposed slashing almost everything, including state workers' pay.

But what's the one government program that so far has been immune from the governor's cuts? The death penalty.

California wastes millions on its dysfunctional death penalty—more than $126 million per year. Plus, we’re poised to spend another $400 million on a new death row facility (since the current one is too rundown to hold the nation's largest death row population). Those costs add up: over the next five years, California will spend $1 billion on the death penalty.

Tell the governor there are better ways to close the budget gap without risking vital social services! The governor has the power to convert all death sentences to permanent imprisonment and save the state $1 billion without releasing a single prisoner. Permanent imprisonment is a safe and cost-effective alternative to the death penalty that provides crime victims with swift and certain justice. It’s time for Californians to demand that we stop wasting millions on executions and Cut This!

Photo Credit: ACLU of Northern California

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    News

    1. Death penalty threatens to once again embroil Brown

      Sarah Ryan
      Campaigns Strategist and Coordinator

      The death penalty, the polarizing issue that has shadowed Gov. Jerry Brown's political career, threatens to embroil the governor once more with a bill to abolish capital punishment making its way to his desk.

    2. California Debates Whether to Abolish Nation's Most Populous Death Row Rea

      Sarah Ryan
      Campaigns Strategist and Coordinator

      "Opponents of California's death penalty are working on a bill to abolish capital punishment in the state, which if signed into law and approved by voters next year could help California save millions of dollars..."

    3. Help pass SB 490, CA's death penalty repeal bill!

      James Clark
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks for your support asking the Governor to cut the death penalty! Now there's a bill in the state legislature that would repeal the death penalty with voter approval! Click the link above to sign & share this new petition!

    4. Abolishing California’s death penalty moves one step closer to 2012

      Benjamin Joffe-Walt
      Vice President and Chief of Staff

      On Thursday, the bill cleared its first legislative hearing, and if passed in the Senate, voters may be able to decide the issue in the November 2012 elections.

    5. Reached 2,000 signatures
    6. New study on cost of CA's death penalty - A LOT!

      James Clark
      Petition Organizer

      A new study was just released with an even higher estimate of the cost of California's death penalty! The death penalty costs $185 million per year MORE than life without parole -- please share widely!

    7. The Tide is Turning on California’s Death Penalty

      Benjamin Joffe-Walt
      Vice President and Chief of Staff

      The ongoing debacle of California’s death penalty took a few dramatic turns last week: in the span of just a few days a new poll showed a shift in public opinion in favor of cutting the death penalty, Gov. Jerry Brown took the first step towards...

    8. Reached 1 signatures
    9. Why Can't Jerry See the Obvious? CUT THIS!

      Benjamin Joffe-Walt
      Vice President and Chief of Staff

      California’s budget debacle is more dire than ever, so it’s no surprise that Governor Jerry Brown is hunkering down in search of solutions as he approaches the California Democratic Party’s state convention at the end of the month. But some of...

    10. Reached 1 signatures
    11. Illinois Proves (Again) That Ending the Death Penalty Saves Money

      Benjamin Joffe-Walt
      Vice President and Chief of Staff

      Thanks to Illinois, we now have more proof: ending the death penalty saves money - a lot of money - and quickly.
      So what is California waiting for?
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      Charles Davis
      Petition Organizer

      Another week has gone by and, naturally, that means another round of shocking revelations about the United States’ addiction to lethal injection drugs, evoking memories from Requiem for a Dream. This time, the latest recipient of a Public Records...

    13. Reached 500 signatures
    14. The Deterrence Myth

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Here’s some good news: it appears that 2010 saw violence drop sharply across the United States. Meanwhile, executions and death sentences continued to plummet. Is the death-penalty-as-deterrent argument losing more ground?
      Last year saw the...

    15. Texas Embraces Alternatives to Death while California Embraces Killing

      Charles Davis
      Petition Organizer

      America’s attitudes about capital punishment are rapidly changing. Whether its poll numbers that show growing support for alternatives to the death penalty, data revealing that 90 percent of U.S. counties don’t use the death penalty at all, or...

    16. Dear California: Cut This!

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Let’s face it, California’s economy is back-asswards. Unemployment’s through the roof, more Californians than ever are struggling to get by, and every social service agency in the state is underfunded. Still, the solutions proposed in...

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    Reasons for signing

    • Rick Besk EDINA, MN
      • about 3 years ago

      It is not like we need to stop executions in California because they have already stopped, there are 714 people on death row in California (the highest of all 50 states) but CA has executed only 13 in the last 40 years which puts them pretty low in the ranks of executions.

      This is a matter of ending death penalty prosecutions. Why spend the millions on the extra legal processes needed for death penalty prosecutions if these people are just going to go sit in prison for life anyways?

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    • Wes Robinson MESA, AZ
      • about 3 years ago

      If a person takes the life of another person they shold DIE!!! Only liberal hug a thugs think they should go on living! Why should taxpayers pay to keep a thug alive?

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    • john larsgard GURNEE, IL
      • about 3 years ago

      The death penalty does have one advantage, even for those innocently convicted, it puts their cases front and center, while those who are simply serving time, also an expensive undertaking, it seems fewer are concerned about their actual guilt, they are entitled to fewer mandatory appeals. So with some reservation, I will sign this, Yet i believe in cuts in the death penalty, as stated; However we should keep it around for those extreme cases, say a cap of 2 per year, judges have to use restraint. A regular murder, no. Some sadistic S¤%# with a kid, resulting in death, YES KEEP IT, but slimmer...

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    • Barbara Tomlinson SEATTLE, WA
      • about 3 years ago

      "Oakland is laying off police officers, L.A. can't afford overtime for homicide investigators, and the state's Victim Compensation Program was cut by $50 million. To close California's $25 billion budget gap, the governor has proposed slashing almost everything, including state workers' pay."

      Yes, let's lay aside considerations of Humanity and Justice. Let's MERELY focus on Cost-Effectiveness. {We DO NEED MORE Police Officers and Investigators to handle crimes!} When added to all other considerations, however, isn't this an absolutely COMPELLING reason to "Cut the Death Penalty"???

      {Other States might well take notice too.}

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    • Betty Bianca BELLEVUE, WA
      • about 3 years ago

      Execution is murder... and puts justice on the level of the criminal. STOP THE HYPOCRISY!

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