Calif. death penalty opponents say it's too costly
Death penalty opponents in California are trying a new argument this year: Abolish capital punishment because the perpetually cash-strapped state just can't afford it.
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#1 Nov 1, 2012
TRUTH AND PROP. 34? ONLY IF YOU WANT IT DEFEATED
An honest discussion about Prop 34 would result in its overwhelming defeat.
Are the cost claims made by the pro Prop 34 folks accurate? Maybe not (1). The ACLU cost review was easily destroyed (1) and Mitchell and Alarcon, of the $4 billion study infamy, refuse to share their database (1), which we can presume has problems and, therefore, no one can, responsibly, depend upon that review.
Is it possibly that life without parole (LWOP) may cost more than the death penalty? Yes (1).
Is it required that California citizens allow their representatives to be so irresponsible with both their state budget and death penalty management? Of course not.
Virginia has executed 75% of those sentenced to death and has done so within 7.1 years, on average.
All states, inclusive of California, could implement similar protocols and save money over LWOP.
INNOCENTS MORE PROTECTED WITH THE DEATH PENALTY
Is it true that innocents are better protected by a death penalty protocol? Yes, in three different ways (2). Innocents are more at risk without the death penalty (2).
PROP. 34: UNPRINCIPLED? APPARENTLY.
Ask the media (or insert any industry) this question.
How principled are you?
If you had a group of corrupt people, who only wanted to shut down the media, by sabotaging the media, would you say, OK, shut down all media?
Or would you say, let's clean it up, get you bad folks out of the picture, and make it work?
A vote for Prop 34 is a vote for folks who have intentionally obstructed justice in these cases, meaning anti death penalty legislators, the defense bar and judges who have made the death penalty so irresponsible and who are the same folks telling us to reward them by giving them what they have been working for, based upon the horrible system they have engineered.
A better idea.
How about demanding a responsible system, such as Virginia's, whereby 75% of those sentenced to death have been executed within 7.1 years, on average - a system similar to what Ca should have, if responsible folks were in charge.
Calif has executed 1.4% of those sentenced because such mismanagement is what such obstructionists (read Prop 34) had in mind.
95% OF MURDER VICITMS' LOVED ONES SUPPORT DEATH PENALTY:
ANECDOTAL EVIDENCE (3)
In addition, 80% of US folks support the death penalty for, truly, "death penalty eligible" murders (3), just as from 56% to 83% have also supported the death penalty when, wrongly, asked about their approval for the death penalty for murders, for which about 90% are not death penalty eligible (3).
1) California Death Penalty Cost "Studies"
2) a) The Death Penalty: Saving More Innocent Lives
b) Innocents More At Risk Without Death Penalty
3) US Death Penalty Support at 80%; World Support Remains High
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