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Voices from California's Death Row

Cliff Bolden

Yes, I’d very much like to witness this Justice that Works Act prevail as a ballot initiative over the Death Penalty Reform and Savings Act. We’ve endured far too many years here appealing shades of arguments in support of this or that case issue. And while seemingly meritorious their actual benefits (decadently) has only aided in age maturation. So yes, I’m all for closing this place down, or if we are to be legally lynched, then create a process so rapid and straight-forward it out do Texas ten to one!


Voices from California's Death Row

Joseph Nissensohn


1.      Yes and No. I’d like it passed for obvious reasons – No Death. But if it’s passed we lose a lot of our appeals, which means I don’t get to prove my innocence.

2.      If it wasn’t for the reasons I have stated in Q#1, I’d say yes. LWOP is better than the death penalty, especially since like me there have been so many people proved to be innocent after spending over 20 years on death row which keeps you locked in a tiny cell for 20-22 hours a day locked in that cell.


Voices from California's Death Row

Gunner Lindberg

You want to change my sentence from death and no restitution to LWOP and impose a restitution to me which I don’t have – make me apart of CDCR’s slave labor force and charge me 60% and on top of that impose a tax under cover of restitution on my family and friends who send money into me up to 55% (it’s not 50%) CDCR asks for 5% themselves!

LWOP is the same as the D.P. We die of old age like you say. So I’d rather have the D.P. and not force my family and friends to pay your “blood taxes”, just because they want to send me money. Plus I believe in an “eye for an eye” so I believe in the D.P.

From Gunner Lindberg


Voices from California's Death Row

Carman L. Ward

1)      “The Justice that Works Act” sucks, and will not receive an endorsement from this writer! For to trade in my condemned label for that of a LWOP prisoner who – according to this writers reading of the sneaky, open-ended language articulated in Section 2 (6) – will have an opportunity to “work, in perpetuity”, for the victims right fund is a horrible plan. Who has ever heard of a person having to forfeit 60% of their $ for the remainder of their life time? (See Sec 3(2))

2)      Provided that the LWOP replacement is first detached from this horrible Act, this writer will reserve his support.


Voices from California's Death Row

Anonymous

Anonymous

1. Would I like to see the Justice Act passed?

No. This is another poorly thought out law. It is designed to lock up everyone regardless of the severity of their crime. I thought CDCR meant rehabilitation and not just locking them up and throwing away the keys. Someone should look into the special on prisons in Germany and other Europeans countries that 60 Minutes did. The maximum time someone does for murder is around 20 years, depending on the crime. Everyone has a chance to get out. Also, it’s slave labor with very minimum pay and the opportunity to gouge the public for as much as 60% of the money the people try to send to their loved ones incarcerated.


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