Mark your calendars, friends: November 6, 2012 will be a day to celebrate. It's the day we're going to end the death penalty in California.
Proposition 34, which has qualified to be on the ballot in November, will replace California’s death penalty with a sentence of life in prison with no chance of parole as the maximum punishment for murder.Prop 34 is important not only to Californians but throughout the nation as it is helping to shift public opinion and move towards ending the death penalty nationwide.
Prop 34 will:
• Replace California's death penalty with life in prison without the possibility of parole;
• Require inmates to work and pay restitution to the victims' compensation fund; and
• Allocate $100 million over three years to solve more murders and rapes in California and protect our families.
Prop 34 is important because:
• Murders and rapists need to be caught and brought to justice. But 46% of murders and 56% of rapes go unsolved every year. We need to use our limited resources to investigate and solve these crimes and keep our families safe, not on our broken death penalty.
• We remain at risk of executing an innocent. Nationally, 139 people have been freed from death row after they were found to be innocent. With the death penalty, we will always risk executing innocent people.
• Since California voted to reinstate the death penalty in 1978, our state has spent $4 billion dollars to execute only 13 people. If Prop 34 is passed by voters on November 6, 2012, we will save $1 billion in only five years.
Prop 34 will prevail at the ballot because:
• Californians are changing their minds about the death penalty every day. A July 2011 poll found that 54% of likely voters support replacing the death penalty with life in prison without the possibility of parole.
• We have the tremendous support from Death Penalty Focus members LIKE YOU.
For additional information and to receive updates from the campaign, please visit the Proposition 34 website at www.yeson34.org