Prop 34

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"As if one crime of such nature, done by a single man, acting individually, can be expiated by a similar crime done by all men, acting collectively." (Lewis Lawes, warden of Sing Sing prison in NY in the 1920s and 30s). The current election and past elections not only allows Americans to vote for the new president but also allows us to vote on propositions that also affect the United States as a whole. In this year’s election the propositions in California that were up for debate were propositions 30 through 40. One of the propositions that really caught my attention was proposition 34 (End the Death Penalty Initiative). The purpose of proposition 34 is mainly about getting rid of the death penalty for inmates on death row and rather sentencing them to life in prison without chance of parole. By voting yes it allows inmates who are on death row to serve lifetime in prison without chance of parole, and by voting No it keeps the death penalty and inmates on death row will continue to be killed. In the “Text Proposed Laws” it goes into detail about how this proposition will affect American citizens and how abolishing the death penalty will actually benefit our country as a whole in many different ways from saving billions of dollars and getting more criminals off the streets. Proposition 34 was not passed but if it would have, for California, benefitted our state more than it not being passed. As the days go by so do many crimes that continue to go unsolved leaving criminals to walk the streets. By voting yes on this proposition it allows us to put more money into hiring more investigators to find the criminals and get them off the streets. “On average, a shocking 46 percent of homicides and 56 percent of rapes go unsolved every year. Our limited law enforcement resources should be used to solve more crimes, to get more criminals off our streets, and to protect our families.”(page 95 text proposed laws) Knowing that the money is going to the criminals . At first, I felt that criminals should be brought to justice with the death, but with these statistics investigators will be able to solve more crimes. Although some of the money will go to the criminal being in jail it investigators will be able to jump to solving more crimes by not putting the money into killing the inmate. Another point the Author makes is how passing this proposition will actually save us more money than actually keeping it. By passing this proposition over the next 5 years it will save the California more money than it would by continuing the death penalty, “California has spent $4 billion on the death penalty since 1978 and death penalty trials are 20 times more expensive than trials seeking life in prison without the possibility of parole, according to the study of former death penalty prosecutor and judge, Author Alarcon, and law professor Paula Mitchell. By replacing the death penalty with life in prison without possibility of parole, California taxpayers would save well over $100 million every year. That money could be used to improve crime prevention and prosecution.” (pg 95 Text proposed laws) By eliminating the death penalty it will help our tax dollars that are usually collected for killing an inmate go keeping them alive without chance of parole. It was said in the article that Some families who have lost members because they were murdered by a criminal feel that the death penalty is the only way to make peace from their loss. Life in prison without parole could be the same in a way because they would not be able to go back out into the real world for the rest of their lives. Also by putting the money that would normally go to killing the criminal but instead into the investigation, more murderers and rapist would be taken off the streets making it safer for everyone else. Sometimes people can be misinformed about everything that happens with the death penalty making them feel a certain way about it. Keeping the Death Penalty many times...
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