By, Andy Hucks |Staff Writer|
Re-sentencing all 726 death row inmates to life in prison without the chance of parole, is Proposition 34 acting to repeal the death penalty in California .
It gives $100 million to law enforcement agencies to investigate homicide and rape cases, according to the California Secretary of State’s Office.
Currently, California’s constitution allows for the sentence of death for particular crimes such as murder, yet death is rarely administered by the state of California due to the long appeal ridden legal process death-row inmates are given.
People in favor of Proposition 34 say that it’s more than a moral proposition, it’s a financial issue as well.
“It costs state and county governments collectively between $100 million to $130 million annually to pay for the costs of death penalty trials, appeals, and corrections, savings that would be allocated to pay for increased investigation of unsolved rape and murder cases,” according to the Bay Area Reporter.
“I know how much money we have wasted on the death penalty,” said Jeanne Woodford a former warden at San Quentin.
“We’ve spent $4 billion on the death penalty. The death penalty is far more expensive than if these individuals had life in prison without possibility of parole,” continued Quentin.
The District Attorneys of Los Angeles and San Bernardino along with law enforcement agencies oppose Proposition 34.
Mike Ramos, the District Attorney for San Bernardino says, “We cannot allow 700-plus death row inmates to be placed back into the general population as lifers, so they can enjoy TV, read their magazines, their newspapers, books and visit family members as the wife of a peace officer gets to go down to the cemetery.”
Voters on Nov. 6 will have to decide between death penalty vs. life in prison.