Editorial: California’s death penalty punishes taxpayers, not killers

The Sacramento Bee – PUBLISHED TUESDAY, JUL. 05, 2011 When Gov. Jerry Brown canceled construction of a very expensive ($400 million) death row at San Quentin Prison, it was a small victory for common sense. While California has hundreds of men and a few women awaiting execution for murder, reality is that few, if any, will actually be put to death, given the immense legal and operational impediments. But maintaining the fiction that California has a death penalty for heinous crimes is very expensive when state and local governments face yawning deficits and are slashing basic educational, social and public safety services. Full Story: http://www.sacbee.com/2011/07/05/3747135/dan-walters-californias-death.html ]

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Editorial: California’s death penalty punishes taxpayers, not killers