Saturday, January 16, 2016

Death penalty likely to be on ballot in California in 2016

As this Field Poll shows, it's going to be a hell of a fight. Democrats, independents, Latinos, African Americans, and people under 45 seem, marginally, ready to make life sentences without parole the ultimate penalty. A campaign emerging from Death Penalty Focus is working to put an initiative to do that on the ballot in November 2016. They call their measure the Justice that Works Act.

Meanwhile prosecutors and others who want the state of California to kill more prisoners are collecting signatures for a measure to make executions easier to accomplish. More here. This group starts out ahead among whites, Republicans and Protestant Christians.

The electorate in November 2016 is likely to look more like the former group than the latter, but the campaign is sure to be hard fought and emotional on both sides.


Hattie said...

It looks tight. I wish the gov. Or the courts could just do away once and for all with this obscene practice.

janinsanfran said...

I should have said that, because we enacted the present death penalty statute by initiative, it will take a popular vote to get rid of it. Both sides can be expected to keep trying ...

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