After a Decade without Executions, California on a Path to Resume the Death Penalty

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

California voters last month rejected a measure to repeal the death penalty and narrowly passed one that will speed up the process for executing inmates. California hasn't carried out an execution in a decade because of issues with its legal injection method. A new protocol is pending approval by the end of the year. Forum discusses the state of the death penalty in California and how soon executions may resume.


Anne Marie Schubert, district attorney, Sacramento County

Hadar Aviram, professor, UC Hastings College of Law; author, "Cheap on Crime: Recession-Era Politics and the Transformation of American Punishment"