California And The Death Penalty

June 28, 2011 at 8:26 pm Leave a comment

California is not Texas when it comes to the death penalty. We keep many people on death row far longer than they should be. People like Richard Rameriz, the Nightstalker, should be dead right now. However, I applaud California law makers to eliminate the death penalty as discussed in the excerpt of the article below

Beyond the walls of San Quentin State Prison, there are more than 700 inmates on death row, including notorious killers like San Diegan David Westerfield and former San Diego resident Scott Peterson. But according to a new bill introduced by State Senator Loni Hancock, the death penalty would be abolished and everyone on death row would serve life in prison without the possibility of parole. ” We can not afford the expensive failure that the California death penalty has become,”said Sen Loni Hancock D-Oakland.
According to a recent study by a federal judge, California spent more than $4 billion on capital punishment cases since the death penalty was reinstated in 1978″

We can no longer afford it. Money that could be given to allow people to have a higher education is being spent on people on death row.

Without raising taxes, we cannot afford the death penalty. It is that simple. If you believe that the death penalty should remain, than you should want to pay higher taxes to pay for death row. Even if we got more tax recepit, does the death penalty do its job in executing guilty criminals where we have absolute assurance that the person did the crime and the crime is especially aggravated murder. The answer is simply no.

Without tax increases, higher education is far higher priority for funding out of the general fund than a death penalty system that is ineffective and costs too much money. The people on death row should be serving life without parole just like they do in Michigan, Iowa, Minnesota, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont, Maine, North Dakota, New Mexico, West Virgina, Illnois, and Massachusetts.

Therefore, I am happy that our state is taking steps to eliminate the death penalty even though I personally support it in the cases of especially aggravated murder and where we have absolute assurance that the criminal committed the crime.

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