Los Angeles – Today, the Los Angeles City Council announced the passage of a resolution supporting Prop 62 to replace California’s failed death penalty with life in prison without the possibility of parole. The resolution, signed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, acknowledges the death penalty’s exorbitant costs, ineffectiveness and inherent risk of executing an innocent person.
The City Council also passed a resolution opposing Prop 66, a deceptive, poorly written and unworkable initiative that recklessly attempts to rush justice.
The resolutions were authored and presented by City Councilman Gil Cedillo.
The Yes on Prop 62 campaign released the following statement:
We thank the Los Angeles City Council, Councilman Cedillo and Mayor Garcetti for their leadership in supporting Prop 62 and opposing Prop 66. In doing so they are recognizing the death penalty is broken beyond repair, unjust and out of step with California’s values.
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.