Voices from California's Death Row

Cedric Johnson K-61104

I received your questionnaire and ballot initiative about ending the death penalty. As for your question:

1)      Would I like to see “The Justice that Works Act” passed? Why or why not? Yes, I would like to see it passed. Why? Because technically life without the possibility of parole (LWOP) is worse than the death penalty It is worse because being in prison is miserable, being in prison on the main-line is worse.

2)       How do I feel about the replacement of life without the possibility of parole (LWOP) instead of the death penalty? I feel LWOP is the right way to go, because the death penalty when one is honest about it,   is nothing but a form of hate.

3)       How do I feel about the requirement that all those with LWOP sentences have to work? Prisoners are required to work anyway, except on death row.

4)      How do I feel about the mandate that all those with WOP sentences would have to pay 60% of their earned wages toward restitution? I think restitution is double jeopardy and a form of cruel and unusual punishment. A state prisoner’s sentence is their debt to society.

5)      As for the ballot initiative called “The Death Penalty Reform Savings Act” that seeks to speed up executions, does that change how people should vote? Does it change my opinion of the Justice that Works Act? No, the death penalty reform savings Act does not change how people should vote. When you really think about it it’s like I first said, the death penalty is nothing but a form of hate. They want to shorten death row prisoner’s appeal.  Barbaric.

Neither does it change my opinion of the Justice that Works Act. As a matter of fact, it only strengthen my opinion that people should vote for it – Evolving decency standard.

 As I move to close I wish to express, I am innocent. I am one of the victims of this corrupt system. One only need to read the records to know that an intentional travesty of justice and a miscarriage of justice has been perpetrated, against me to put me on death row and continues to be perpetrated against me while being on death row.  

From Cedric Johnson