The death penalty is inhumane, expensive, and just continues an endless cycle of violence.

On November 6, Proposition 34 will give California voters a chance to decide whether to keep or finally abolish the costly and barbaric death penalty.

The death penalty is inhumane, expensive, and just continues an endless cycle of violence.

Many in favor of the death penalty argue that it saves California money and prison space or that it finally gives the victims justice, but in fact it is quite the contrary.

For those who say the death penalty would help the state of California deal with overcrowded prisons by making space for more prisoners, since the implementation of the death penalty in California in 1976 only 13 prisoners have been executed. Thirteen prisoners in the span of 36 years is evidence that by keeping the death penalty the problem of overcrowded prisons will not be solved.

In fact, getting rid of the death penalty would save California money. According to, California taxpayers will save $130 million each year by replacing the death penalty with life in prison without possibility of parole. That is money that could go to funding law enforcement to help prevent these crimes.

There are others who say the death penalty is necessary so that the family and friends of the deceased can feel some sort of justice. This type of “justice” leans toward vigilante-ism, which is not the correct approach. Instead life in prison without parole should replace execution. True justice is knowing the correct person responsible for the crime has been convicted and will spend the rest of his or her life in prison for the crime.

With the death penalty California runs the risk of putting to death the innocent. According to, since the reinstatement of the death penalty in the U.S., 140 innocent men and women have been freed from death row. “In California, hundreds of innocent people have been wrongfully convicted of serious crimes, three were sentenced to death” the site says.

Not only is the death penalty immoral and inhumane. Abolishing it would save the state of California money which could go to fund law enforcement, and it would end the risk of executing potentially innocent lives.


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  1. The 729 on death row murdered at least 1,279 people, with 230 children. 43 were police officers. 211 were raped, 319 were robbed, 66 were killed in execution style, and 47 were tortured. 11 murdered other inmates.

    The arguments in support of Pro. 34, the ballot measure to abolish the death penalty, are exaggerated at best and, in most cases, misleading and false.

    No “savings.” Alleged savings ignore increased life-time medical costs for aging inmates and require decreased security levels and housing 2-3 inmates per cell rather than one. Rather than spending 23 hours/day in their cell, inmates will be required to work. These changes will lead to increased violence for other inmates and guards and prove unworkable for these killers. Also, without the death penalty, the lack of incentive to plead the case to avoid the death penalty will lead to more trial and related costs and appeals.

    No “accountability.” Max earnings for any inmate would amount to $383/year (assuming 100% of earnings went to victims), divided by number of qualifying victims. Hardly accounts for murdering a loved one.

    No “full enforcement” as 729 inmates do not receive penalty given them by jurors. Also, for the 34,000 inmates serving life sentences, there will be NO increased penalty for killing a guard or another inmate. They’re already serving a life sentence.

    Efforts are also being made to get rid of life sentences. (Human Rights Watch, Old Behind Bars, 2012.) This would lead to possible paroles for not only the 729 on death row, but the 34,000 others serving life sentences. On 9/30/12, Brown passed the first step, signing a bill to allow 309 inmates with life sentences for murder to be paroled after serving as little as 15 years. Life without parole is meaningless. Remember Charles Manson and Sirhan Sirhan. Convicted killers get out and kill again, such as Darryl Thomas Kemp, Kenneth Allen McDuff, and Bennie Demps.

    Arguments of innocence bogus. Can’t identify one innocent person executed in CA. Can’t identify one person on CA’s death row who has exhausted his appeals and has a plausible claim of innocence. See

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