Death Penalty and California
January 22nd, 2013
A new infographic by the California Innocence Project shows the state of California's death penalty

Dear Governor Brown, We Are Turning the Tide!
by Margo Schulter, Guest Blogger
August 11th, 2011
On August 11, 1977, a fateful day in your life as the Governor of California and mine as a young activist, I was a guest at the apartment of my friend Miriam Rothschild in San Francisco, the very epitome of a devoted volunteer to her community. We knew each other through our involvement in the Northern California Coalition Against the Death Penalty, and together watched on television the drama that was unfolding at the State Capitol.

Governor Brown Puts Kibosh on New Death Row
by Zac Stone, Guest Blogger
May 2nd, 2011
Those involved in the movement to abolish the death penalty in California might have heard that the state could save a billion dollars over the next five years by halting the archaic practice. Last Thursday, Governor Jerry Brown took a step toward making that a reality by cancelling plans to build a shiny new death row at San Quentin State Prison that would have housed an absurd 1,152 inmates, as opposed to the current 700+, and stood to cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars.

Dear Jerry Brown, Please Cut the Death Penalty
by Margo Schulter, Guest Blogger
April 28th, 2011
Without releasing a single prisoner, you may at once save Californians a billion dollars over the next five years, and lead us forward in the agenda of human dignity and social progress for which you and your family have stood over these many long decades of devoted and courageous public service.

An Open Letter to Gov. Jerry Brown from the Former "Hanging Judge of Orange County"
by Donald A. McCartin, Guest Blogger
March 30th, 2011
After you were gutsy enough to appoint me, a right-wing Republican, to the Superior Court of Orange County, I served there from 1978 to 1993, after which I sat on assignment on death cases throughout California. In all, I presided over more trials than I can possibly recount. Among those I do remember, however, were ten murder trials in which I sentenced the convicted men to die in our state's execution chamber. As a result, I became known as "the hanging judge of Orange County," an appellation that, I will confess, I accepted with some pride.

Illinois Says No to Capital Punishment
by James Brockway, Guest Blogger
March 9th, 2011
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill today which made his state the 16th to abolish its death penalty.

The Expensive, Arbitrary and Inefficient State of the Death Penalty in California
by Stefanie
February 11th, 2011

CA Governor “borrowing” $64 million from the general fund to begin construction of the new death row housing facility
by Stefanie
August 11th, 2010
Well it is hard to believe but Governor Schwarzenegger has announced that he plans to “borrow” $64 million from the general fund to begin construction of the new death row housing facility.

Of polls and leadership
by Margo Schulter
July 20th, 2010
In a recent article, Bob Egelko of the San Francisco Chronicle asks whether the abolitionist position of candidates for statewide office such as our former and perhaps next Governor Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown, Jr., and San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris who is running for Attorney General, may hurt them with the voters.

Cut This: The Death Penalty Video
by Stefanie
June 29th, 2010
We know that advocates and community members from across the state are fighting to ensure that the vital social services that make the safety net for California's most vulnerable populations aren't slashed. We're here with a small piece of the solution. Need to cut something? Cut this: the death penalty.

NH Supreme Court Justice on the Death Penalty
by The Hon. Joseph P. Nadeau, Retired Justice of the Supreme Court of New Hampshire
June 25th, 2010
It has been my good fortune to serve as a judge in New Hampshire for thirty-seven years. For thirteen of those years I was presiding justice of the Durham District Court. I served as a justice of the Superior Court for eighteen years, nine of which I spent as chief justice. And I sat on the Supreme Court for six years before retiring in December of 2005. I am proud of our judicial system and the effort of judges in all our courts to treat people fairly and equally, and to protect their individual rights.

Great Article - "Dems want to scrap death penalty in California"
by Yoko
May 20th, 2010

Why stretch and manipulate the truth?
by Mike Farrell, DPF President
February 26th, 2010
Last Friday’s Opinion piece by Gary Lieberstein and John Poyner in the San Jose Mercury News contains so many factual inaccuracies and politically inspired half-truths that I’m surprised they attached their names.

Even Texas is looking at the staggering cost of the death penalty
by Stefanie
February 12th, 2010
Check out this MSNBC Nightly News segment on why even Texas is turning away from the death penalty for financial reasons. Texas only had 9 new death sentences in 2009, compared to 29 in California.

Debating the death penalty's cost
by Stefanie
February 5th, 2010
My new post on Care2 about the death penalty has been getting a lot of comments. One of the most common sentiments expressed in the comments is that we should try to make the death penalty process cheaper and faster. In response to this, I posted a comment myself about why this is simply not possible.

Police Chiefs Reject Death Penalty as Useful Tool
by Stefanie
October 20th, 2009
A report released today by the Death Penalty Information Center concludes that states are wasting hundreds of millions of dollars on the death penalty, draining state budgets during the economic crisis and diverting funds from more effective anti-violence programs. A nationwide poll of police chiefs conducted by RT Strategies, released with the report, found that they ranked the death penalty last among their priorities for crime-fighting, do not believe the death penalty deters murder, and rate it as the least efficient use of limited taxpayer dollars.

Rally Calls for a People's Budget Fix in California: Includes Ending the Death Penalty
by Stefanie
July 30th, 2009
Today Californians gathered in Oakland to call for a People's Budget Fix consisting of several criminal justice reforms, including an end to the death penalty.


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