Death Penalty

Life after the death penalty

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Tell me: Does any sane person really believe that the world would be a better and safer place if Rick Stevens had been executed by the state of California?

The guy was all fucked up on drugs when he shot three men. Horrible crime. He spent most of his adult life in prison. And now, at 72, he's out on the streets -- where the odds that he will ever hurt anyone again are infintessimally small.Read more »

Life-and-death decision

Backers of Prop 34 target the still-high number of undecided voters

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Proposition 34, the initiative to end the death penalty in California, is trailing in the polls, but proponents are focusing on a surprisingly large voting block that could still put it over the top: undecided voters.

"Anything can happen on Election Day," said Natasha Minsker, campaign manager for Yes on 34. "I think what this election comes down to is who's able to reach the undecided voter."Read more »

Jerry Brown says everyone on death row is guilty

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I'm glad the governor is so confident that there are no innocent people on death row.

On one level, I don't care -- I'm against the death penalty period, and I don't care how horribly guilty the folks who face execution are. Of course, many of them, probably most, were severely mentally ill at the time of the crimes, but that doens't seem to matter to the gov either.Read more »

Death penalty could go before California voters in November

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It appears that California voters will get a chance to abolish the death penalty this November, and that supporters of the proposed ballot measure will use mostly fiscal and public safety arguments to pick away at the majority of state residents that polls have shown still support capital punishment.Read more »

Occupy 4 Prisoners hits San Quentin

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About 800 protesters marched to San Quentin’s East Gate in a day to protest what they called inhumane conditions in prison Feb. 20

Protesters called for an end to the practice of trying children as adults, three strikes laws, life sentences, life without the possibility of parole, and the death penalty.They did not call for the dismantling of the prison system or an end to the practice of incarceration, as Chip Johnson implies here. Read more »

Have we seen the last California execution?

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A judge in Marin has tossed out the current execution protocol, putting all executions in the state on hold -- and potentially delaying any more state-sponsored killing until after November, when the voters will have a chance to end the death penalty for good.Read more »

The end of the death penalty?

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Could 2012 be the year when we finally end the death penalty in California? It's entirely possible. The polls now show a majority of people in the state support replacing the death penalty with life without parole. Read more »

The death penalty: How close, how far

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The Chronicle didn't even put the news on the front page (although The New York Times did), but the execution of Troy Davis went forward more or less as scheduled Sept. 21, with news media around the world watching. Read more »