Yes on 62 ends the failed and costly Death Penalty system, and substitutes life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.
Yes on 62 — is supported by a broad coalition of Californians, including the California Democratic Party and the California Labor Federation, the NAACP, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), the League of Women Voters of California, and over 20 major newspaper endorsements.
Voting Yes on 62 would end California’s Death Penalty system that perpetuates inequality and bias based on race, geography, and the ability to afford a good lawyer. Currently, non-white minorities make up nearly 67 percent of the 747 inmates on California’s death row. Nationwide, of the 156 people who have been exonerated and freed from death row, nearly 60 percent have been African American or Latinos.
Since 1978, California taxpayers have paid $5 billion to maintain the death penalty and death row, and executed 13 people. That’s an average cost of more than $384 million per execution. According to the non-partisan California Legislative Analyst Office, voting Yes on 62 would save $1.5 billion over 10 years.
By voting Yes on 62 California would join 20 states and the District of Columbia which have abolished the death penalty.
For a full list of California Labor’s 2016 endorsements, visit our Endorsements page here.
This is the sixth installment of California Labor’s Top Props, a blog series on priority propositions for working Californians. Click here to see other posts in the series.