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California Props 62 and 66 Let Voters Abolish or Reform the Death Penalty

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The lethal injection chamber at San Quentin State Prison. (Photo: Scott Shafer/KQED)

California has more prisoners sentenced to death than any other state in the country, though the state hasn’t executed an inmate in more than a decade because of legal challenges. Voters will see two capital punishment propositions on November’s state ballot: Proposition 62 would repeal the death penalty and replace it with life without parole. Proposition 66 would speed up the execution process by setting court deadlines, limiting some appeals and requiring more lawyers to take death penalty cases. We’ll discuss the rival propositions.


Steve Wagstaffe, district attorney, San Mateo County

Ellen Kreitzberg, professor of law, Santa Clara University School of Law; director, Death Penalty College

Scott Shafer , senior editor, KQED’s California Politics and Government desk


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