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POLL: Should California Abolish the Death Penalty?

Initiative to abolish capital punishment qualifies for November ballot.

Redwood City residents will have a chance this fall to vote on an initiative that would abolish the death penalty in California if passed. The initiative just qualified for the ballot and would also immediately convert the sentences of nearly 700 Death Row inmates to life sentences without the possibility of parole.

How will you vote this fall?

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Diana Reddy April 25, 2012 at 03:13 PM
In addition to the "It's inhumane" reason for supporting this initiative, it costs $184 million to continue to maintain the death row system - money better spent on programs to reduce the recidivism of non-capital offense inmates.
Barb Valley April 25, 2012 at 03:42 PM
I'll add that it costs some %150,000 to house, feed death row inmates compared to some $50,000 for the general inmate population. Replacing the death penalty with Imprisonment without parole will save $$100k per each of those nearly 700 inmates currently on death row. When I saw Marc Klaas on TV during the searches for the 15 years old in Morgan Hill, I was reminded of his daughter Polly who was kidnapped and murdered in October 1993 when she was 12 years old. Richard Allen Davis was convicted of her kidnapping and murder in August 1996.at the age of 42. He is now 58 years old and in the last 16 years we taxpayers have spent approximately $2.4 million on his upkeep not to mention untold millions on his defense, appeals, etc. From a financial standpoint voting to abolish the death penalty is a no-brainer.
Barb Valley April 25, 2012 at 03:46 PM
of course the % is supposed to be $.
Marilyn Boensch April 26, 2012 at 04:12 AM
Thou shalt not kill.
Deborah Griffith April 26, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Well, if thou shalt not kill then they should remember that before that before they comitt the crime. THE COST OF MAINTAINING A PERSON ALL THE WAY TO THE END OF THEIR LIFE. IT IS A COST i AM NOT WILLING TO PAY


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