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Justice That Works Act 2016

Official Title & Summary

Prepared by the Attorney General

DEATH PENALTY. INITIATIVE STATUTE.

  • Repeals death penalty as maximum punishment for persons found guilty of murder and replaces it with life imprisonment without possibility of parole.
  • Applies retroactively to persons already sentenced to death.
  • States that persons found guilty of murder and sentenced to life without possibility of parole must work while in prison as prescribed by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
  • Increases portion of life inmates’ wages that may be applied to victim restitution.

Summary of Legislative Analyst’s Estimate of Net State and Local Government Fiscal
Impact:

  • Net ongoing reduction in state and county costs related to murder trials, legal challenges
    to death sentences, and prisons of around $150 million annually within a few years. This
    estimate could be higher or lower by tens of millions of dollars, depending on various
    factors.

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