If California converted all people on death row (>700) to permanent imprisonment without parole, the state would save $1billion dollars over 5 years.
That money could far better be spent on schools and other services so needed in the State.
Let's stop incarcerating people for petty crimes and look at restorative justice models (google it folks).
In Marin County where they have youth courts they have cut recidivism from 44% to 4% amongst youth. It costs $173k per child to have them in Juvenile hall per year.
Let's stop cutting off the next generation and start rethinking what it really means to be tough on crime: loss of education for this young generation, lack of social services, a non-caring functional government.
For more information, go to www.santaclaraagainstdeathpenalty.org/ , go to your school board, talk to your governor, your state senator and state assemblyperson."
This was interjected into another topic. It deserves its own space.
In my opinion, any conviction of murder in the first degree should receive an automatic death sentence. It should be the burden of the defense to plead mitigating circumstances. Most of the overturnings of death sentences are based not on innocence but on variations of the insanity plea. I believe a man must pay his bills.