Los Angeles – The Yes on Prop 62 campaign released two new video ads highlighting the stories of victims’ family members who oppose the death penalty.
“Beth” features Beth Webb, whose sister was killed along with seven other people in the 2011 Seal Beach hair salon shooting. The case could have been completed years ago, but because the district attorney insisted on seeking the death penalty, Beth has faced her sister’s killer more than 50 times in court proceedings. Beth supports Prop 62 because it “locks killers like him up for life with no parole and brings a little peace to those of us who are grieving.”
“Dionne” tells the story of Dionne Wilson, the widow of a San Leandro police officer killed in the line of duty. Dionne asked for her husband’s killer to receive the death penalty, and he currently sits on death row. Dionne now opposes the death penalty, viewing it as an empty promise to victims’ families that costs too much and does not prevent crime. She supports Prop 62 because it saves $150 million a year that can be spent “on programs that are proven to make us safer.”
The ads are currently running on Facebook, targeted to swing voters across the state.
Prop 62 replaces the death penalty in California with life in prison without parole. It provides certain justice by guaranteeing the worst criminals will never be released and requires convicted murderers to work and pay restitution to their victims’ families. By ending California’s failed death penalty system, Prop 62 saves taxpayers $150 million a year according to the Legislative Analyst’s Office. Passing Prop 62 is also the only way to ensure California never executes an innocent person.
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.