Proposition 34

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Abby Diederich
25 October 2012
Political Science
Proposition 34

Proposition 34
Proposition 34, titled by election officials as ''Death Penalty. Initiative Statute'' is on the November 6, 2012 ballot in California as an initiated state statute. If the state's voters approve it, proposition 34 will eliminate the death penalty in California and replace it with life in prison without the possibility of parole. To be more exact the proposition will repeal the death penalty as maximum punishment for persons found guilty of murder and replace it with the imprisonment without the possibility of parole. It will also apply retroactively to persons currently sentenced to death. It will require persons found guilty of murder to work while in prison, with their wages to be applied to any victim restitution fines or orders against them. If the proposition gets approved it will also create a $100 million fund to be distributed to law enforcement agencies to help solve more homicide and rape cases. California currently has 725 people on death row and if the prop is approved their future will consist of life in prison without the possibility of parole. The prisoners will be required to seek jobs within the prison system and their earnings will go to the victims of the crimes. Seven of the seven hundred twenty five people currently on death row have exhausted all appeals and are therefore eligible for execution even though legal challenges to California's lethal injection procedure must be resolved before any of them could be executed. California is one of the 33 states that currently authorize the death penalty. Proposition 34 is trying to save wasted tax dollars of the Americans. A study in California shows that the cost of a death penalty case from prosecution to execution was about eleven times more than what it would cost to sentence them to life in prison without parole. There has only been 13 executions since 1976. About 70% of death penalty cases are...
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