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Voices from California's Death Row

Death Penalty Initiatives in the California Election


By: CEDP

We invite people to check this ongoing and vitally important election year project:  

Voices From California's Death Row. 

There are two initiatives that have made it on the ballot for the November election– Proposition 62 is called "The Justice that Works Act" and seeks to replace the death penalty with life without possibility of parole.  

The other is Proposition 66 and is called the "Death Penalty Reform and Savings Act of 2016".


Voices from California's Death Row

Tracy Dearl Cain


I am writing this letter in response to your request for comments from CA Death Row inmates regarding the proposed Justice that Works Act, 2016.

My name is Tracy Dearl Cain. I’ve been on California Death Row going on 30 years now. I am a reasonably intelligent man. This is my personal response to the Justice that Works Act of 2016. I can’t speak for the entire Death Row population.  Personally, it’s hard for me to get around the idea that advocates for justice could structure a proposal that eludes the very essence of what justice stands for: Fairness.


Voices from California's Death Row

Brooke Rottiers


1.      Would you like to see “The Justice that Works Act” passed or not? Why or why not? 


Voices from California's Death Row

Delaney G. Marks

My opinion of your six questions.

1.      Would you like to see “The Justice that Works Act” passed or not? Why or why not? 

I believe some violent killer need harder punishment until they shape up and be a better people. I don’t believe every case should be executed with death. I would like to see some sections of Justice Acts passed. Reason it grants some justice for some inmates who have just mistaken. 

2.      How do you feel about the replacement of Life Without the Possibility of Parole (LWOP), instead of the death penalty?


Voices from California's Death Row

Luis Maciel


1.      Would you like to see “The Justice that Works Act” passed or not? Why or why not? 

 Yes, I would love to have this campaign finally end the “cash cow” that has been taking money from the sole future of our children. Closing their ideas in what a true society really stands for taking money from the sole workers that keep our economy in stable position, but to find out that 225 million was endorse to San Quentin to rebuild a new building for condemn, which somebody’s decided to pocket our “sole workers” moneys – wow!


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