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21
Apr 2016
Join the effort to reform California’s death penalty
By
LAPPL Board of Directors

Voters have the opportunity to reform California’s death penalty, but it will take your action now. A broad coalition of law enforcement officers, prosecutors, crime victim advocates and community leaders have come together to fix our broken death penalty system. An initiative titled “California Death Penalty Reform and Savings Act of 2016” is currently being circulated for the November ballot; it needs your signature, and the campaign needs your financial support.

California’s death penalty has become ineffective because of waste, delays and inefficiencies. Fixing it will save taxpayers millions of dollars every year, assure due process protections for those sentenced to death, and provide justice for murder victims and their families. In California, death row inmates have murdered over 1,000 victims, including 226 children and 43 police officers; 294 victims were raped and/or tortured prior to being murdered. It’s time California reformed our death penalty process so it works.

This initiative will ensure justice for both victims and defendants by:

  • Expanding the pool of available defense attorneys.
  • Requiring that a defendant who is sentenced to death is appointed a lawyer at the time of sentence, rather than waiting for years just to get a lawyer.
  • Allowing the Department of Corrections to house condemned inmates in less costly housing with fewer special privileges.
  • Requiring that condemned inmates work and pay restitution to victims.
  • Allowing CDCR to enact an execution protocol without having to reply to every question or suggestion by any citizen who sends them a letter.
  • Giving the California Supreme Court oversight over the state agency that manages death penalty appeals.
  • In order to fix the death penalty, the California Death Penalty Reform and Savings Act of 2016 must first qualify for the ballot by obtaining over 365,000 valid signatures of registered voters. You can request to have a petition sent to you by clicking here. In addition to submitting enough signatures for the initiative to be placed on the ballot, a campaign must be waged to pass the initiative, and in California, that’s expensive. Please consider making a secure donation of any amount to fix our broken death penalty by clicking here.

    California’s death row includes serial killers, cop killers, child killers, mass murderers, and hate crime killers. The death penalty system is broken, but it can and should be fixed. Join your fellow law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and families of crime victims to bring justice to convicted killers. To get more information on how you can fix California’s death penalty, please visit www.deathpenaltyreform.com.

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