The diligent work of defense lawyers has stymied the death penalty in California for the time being.
California continues to send convicts to death row at San Quentin prison, 746 inmates at present, 14 of them last year. No prisoner has actually been killed since 2006. In 2014 federal judge Cormac J. Carney described California death sentences as actually amounting to "life in prison, with the remote possibility of death." But the ultimate penalty remains in place.