It is a Matter of Innocence, not Economics

Examining the California SAFE Act

By: Jarvis Jay Masters

Please DON’T vote in favor of “The SAFE California Act” to end the State’s death penalty. You need to know that your vote for this act would throw away the key for all the innocent men and women on death row, and instead, sentence all prisoners on death row to spend the rest of their lives in prison without the possibility of parole and without effective legal representation.

We Don't Want It

Examining the California SAFE Act

By: Correll Thomas

The "Savings, Accountability, and Full Enforcement for California Act," (The SAFE California Act) is an atrocity and I question the author and sponsor(s)’ motives behind the initiative. Who are they really working for? Who are they really working with?

Life in prison, without the possibility of parole, is no more of an answer or accomplishment than is the addition of the word "Rehabilitation" to the California Department of Correction’s name.

Troubled by the CA SAFE Initiative

Examining the California SAFE Act

By: Christine Thomas

Ending the death penalty is important... but how we end it is also important.

I oppose life without possibility of parole (LWOP)-- a sentence without belief in redemption. In California, we have the ability to sentence each criminal count to a certain number of years, and often can, and do sentence people to beyond their natural life without sentencing them to LWOP. There is no purpose to this sentence.


Tales from death row: Justice for Rodney Reed

By: Caitlin Adams

On the trip down to see Rodney on Tuesday, July 3, I heard a Teddy Pendergrass song, a song of his I love.  I hadn't heard it in a long time and the song has inspired this week's blog.  "You're My Latest, My Greatest Inspiration."

Why I'd Vote for the SAFE CA Act and Hate Myself in the Morning

Examining the California SAFE Act

By: Kenneth E. Hartman

If I could vote, I'd vote yes on the S.A.F.E. California Act, which would end the ghastly practice of lethal injection executions.

But I'd hate myself in the morning. 

There really isn't a good argument in support of the death penalty.  It doesn't deter crime.  It isn't a good example of why killing is wrong.  And it costs a ludicrous, unjustifiable amount of money.  Add in the fact that it's fundamentally a barbaric practice that should be relegated to the proverbial dustbin of history, and there's no other vote possible.

And I'd still hate myself in the morning. 

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