Los Angeles – Deans from California’s top law schools endorsed Prop 62, to end the state’s costly, ineffective and unjust death penalty.

Prop 62 replaces the death penalty with life in prison without parole, saves taxpayers $150 million a year, provides certain justice to victims’ families and ensures California never executes an innocent person.

Law school deans who have endorsed Prop 62 to date include:

  • Dean Rachel Van Cleave, Golden Gate University School of Law
  • Dean John Trasviña, University of San Francisco School of Law   
  • Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, University of California Irvine, School of Law
  • Dean Michael Waterstone, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
  • Dean Francis J. Mootz III, McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
  • Dean Stephen Ferruolo, University of San Diego School of Law
  • Dean Thomas Guernsey, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • Dean Niels Schaumann, California Western School of Law
  • Associate Dean Ty Alper, UC Berkeley School of Law
  • Interim Dean Scott Howe, Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law
  • Vice Dean Mark Kelman, Stanford Law School
  • Dean Jennifer Mnookin, UCLA School of Law
  • Interim Dean Melissa Murray, UC Berkeley School of Law

California death penalty facts

Currently, the death penalty costs 17 times as much to administer as life in prison without parole. California taxpayers have spent $5 billion since 1978 to put thirteen people to death, at a cost of $384 million per execution.

In addition to being costly, the death penalty has proven to be ineffective justice. It drags out the legal process for decades, denying closure to many victims’ families. Due to its arbitrary application and other factors, the death penalty does not achieve any of its supposed crime deterring benefits according to a 2012 National Academy of Sciences study. The death penalty system has also come under criticism for racial and economic bias.

Despite lengthy appeals guaranteed by constitutional due process rights, the risk of executing an innocent person is unavoidable. DNA technology and new evidence have proven the innocence of more than 150 people on death row around the country. In California alone, 66 people had their murder convictions overturned because new evidence showed they were innocent.


To learn more about Prop 62, please go to www.YesOn62.com

Paid for by Yes on 62, No on 66. Replace the costly, failed death penalty system. Sponsored by Taxpayers for Sentencing Reform. Major Funding by Nicholas McKeown and Reed Hasting. FPPC ID#1380590.