Four years ago on the eve of the election, I was working to pass an initiative that would end California's death penalty and replace it with sentences of life without parole for the most serious crimes. (Then and now, this required a voter measure because our death penalty was made law by an initiative back in 1978. That's why we continue to see these initiatives.) That effort failed narrowly and the question is back as Proposition 62 this year. Let's hope we end premeditated killing by the state this year.
Nobody outside of death row knows more about the death penalty than the attorneys who, year after year, work to give condemned people quality legal representation. Andy Love has described his more than thirty year career trying to do that job right in a searing article in the LA Progressive.
He's seen his clients die; he knows whereof he speaks. Worth reading, even if you think you already know all this. I spent over a year working daily to move Californians away from capital punishment and yet found more to absorb here.