California – Proposed measure would ditch death penalty, redirect savings

By Josh Richman – Oakland Tribune – Updated: 08/29/2011 04:00:46 PM PDT With an East Bay lawmaker’s death-penalty abolition bill withdrawn for lack of legislative support, its backers Monday announced a 2012 ballot measure campaign — but with a new wrinkle. In addition to abolishing the death penalty, the measure would draw $100 million from the state’s General Fund over the next four fiscal years — the projected savings from ditching death row — for a special fund that the attorney general would disburse to local police to help solve more homicides and rapes. For example, the money could be spent on…[For full story:  http://www.insidebayarea.com/california/ci_18781892 ]

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California – Proposed measure would ditch death penalty, redirect savings