Since then, there has been constant debate about the efficacy and fairness of executing people–and now, with an endless fiscal crisis, questions about whether keeping the death penalty is worth its financial cost.
On Monday, a coalition of capital punishment abolitionists, including former San Quentin Warden Jeanne Woodford, former Los Angeles District Attorney Gil Garcetti, and a host of civil rights organizations, announced that they’ll bring a measure to the ballot in 2012 that if enacted, would end the death penalty in California.
Is California ready? The above audio, an episode of Pat Morrison’s KPCC show, asks that question. The episode features Don Heller, who wrote Proposition 7, but has since changed his mind about capital punishment, and Kent Scheidegger, of Criminal Justice Legal Foundation, who supports the death penalty.