News Archive

August 16, 2011

Death by murder, death by state
CLICK HERE to read Rich Anderson’s op-ed about the death of his grandmother and subsquent death sentence of his uncle.

August 4, 2011

California’s death penalty and public safety
CLICK HERE for Judy Kerr’s latest op-ed on why the death penalty is making us less safe as a community.

July 26, 2011

Daily News Editorial on SB 490
CLICK HERE to read the Los Angeles Daily News Editorial: Death decision — It’s time that voters of California determine whether executions of inmates should continue or be banned once and for all

July 21, 2011

Murder victim family member discusses the death penalty
Watch Lorrain Taylor on MSNBC discuss why she believes California’s death penalty only hurts the family members of murder victims and taxpayers.

July 19, 2011

California’s Death Penalty Prevents True Community Justice
CLICK HERE to read a new blog by Aqeela Sherrills on the LA Progressive

July 7, 2011

CCV Summer News out now!
CLICK HERE to read CCV’s latest newsletter.

July 6, 2011

SB 490 scheduled for its first hearing tomorrow!
Last week, Democratic Sen. Loni Hancock of Berkeley introduced a bill seeking to abolish California’s broken death penalty. SB 490 would place an initiative to replace California’s death penalty with life without the possibility of parole on the November 2012 ballot.

June 27, 2011

Bill seeks to abolish death penalty in California
Democratic Sen. Loni Hancock, of Berkeley, on Monday introduced a bill seeking a public vote on whether California should abolish capital punishment and convert death sentences to life in prison, citing a study that said most condemned inmates die of suicide or old age despite billions in taxpayer costs. CLICK HERE to read the article in the San Jose Mercury News.

Oakland Tribune and Contra Costa Times call for and to California’s death penalty for the first time
Both the Oakland Tribune and the Contra Costa Times ran editorials calling for an end to California’s death penalty. This was the first editorial for each newspaper. CLICK HERE to read.

June 22, 2011

Opinion: Victims program needs major overhaul
Formed in 1965, CalVCP is the oldest such crime victims program in the nation. Although it serves more than 50,000 crime victims per year, the program is littered with flaws that need to be addressed. CLICK HERE to read more in the La Jolla Light.

June 20, 2011

Death penalty costs California $184 million a year, study says
A senior judge and law professor examine rising costs of the program. Without major reforms, they conclude, capital punishment will continue to exist mostly in theory while exacting an untenable cost. CLICK HERE to read the artcle in the Los Angeles Times.

May 26, 2011

Homicide Rate In California Drops To 44-Year Low
Attorney General Kamala D. Harris released updated figures Tuesday showing that the homicide rate in California continued to fall during 2010, reaching the lowest level since 1966.
CLICK HERE to read more.

April 29, 2011

Voters From Across Political Spectrum Support Converting All Current Death Row Sentences to Save California $1 Billion Over Five Years
A recent statewide survey of 800 high propensity voters conducted by David Binder Research showed a strong 63% support for converting all current death row sentences to life imprisonment without any possibility of parole in order to save the state $1 billion dollars in five years, where the money saved would be required to pay for public education and law enforcement. CLICK HERE to read more.

April 28, 2011

Governor Brown Cancels Death Row Construction–$350 Million Step Towards $1 billion Saved!
On Thursday, April 28, 2011, Governor Jerry Brown canceled plans to build a new housing facility for condemned inmates at San Quentin in order to save taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. “It would be unconscionable to earmark $356 million for a new and improved death row while making severe cuts to education and programs that serve the most vulnerable among us, he said. CLICK HERE to read the press release.

April 20, 2011

CT Victims Explain that the Death Penalty Only Causes More Harm
As legislators in Connecticut grapple with a bill that would abolish the death penalty in the state, murder victims’ families are speaking loudly about their opposition to Connecticut’s capital punishment system. CLICK HERE to read one woman’s story on the Daily Kos.

April 15, 2011

Tell Gov. Brown to Cut the Death Penalty
At a time of fiscal crisis, when there are more needs than dollars, we’re calling on Sacramento to cut the death penalty. We would save $1 billion in five years without releasing a single prisoner or jeopardizing public safety $1 billion that could be spent on education and vital social services for Californians. We know that advocates and community members from across the state are fighting to ensure that the vital social services that make the safety net for California’s most vulnerable populations aren’t slashed. We’re here with a small piece of the solution. Need to cut something? Tell Governor Brown to cut this: the death penalty.

April 4, 2011

The Cost Argument: A Murder Victim Family Perspective
CLICK HERE to read another fantastic op-ed by Judy Kerr in the California Progress Report.

Illinois Proves (Again) That Ending the Death Penalty Saves Money
Death Penalty Field Organizer James Clark reflects on the money Illinois has saved in the month since it abolished the death penalty. CLICK HERE to read the blog in The Huffington Post.

March 28, 2011

Amnesty International Reports Worldwide Decline in Death Penalty Use
The United States finds itself among the company of China, Iran, North Korea, and Yemen, as the countries that carry out the most death sentences. CLICK HERE to read the article in the Christian Science Monitor and CLICK HERE to read the report from Amnesty International.

March 25, 2011

Second thoughts of a “Hanging Judge”
Retired Superior Court Judge Donald McCartin explains why “it’s time to stop playing the killing game.” CLICK HERE to read his op-ed in the LA Times

Former LA County District Attorney Agrees and Expounds
Gil Garcetti advocates a fairer system. CLICK HERE to read his response to McCartin in the LA Times

March 17, 2011

Panel says Calif AG should promote rehabilitation
In a recent report, a panel of law enforcement and reform experts say that California Attorney General Kamala Harris should take on an expanded role by attacking the roots of crime while trying to keep parolees from returning to prison.
CLICK HERE to read more in the San Francisco Chronicle

March 16, 2011

End death penalty; Don’t cut victims’ fund
Judy Kerr responds to recent cuts to California’s victims’ fund. CLICK HERE to read her op-ed in the Press-Enterprise

March 15, 2011

Victims’ Voices From Around the Country
Helen Burns, daughter of a murder victim, applauds Illinois’ decision to abolish the death penalty.
CLICK HERE to read the article in The Statesman

According to Cathy Crino from TX, victims’ services would have been helpful after sister’s death, not the death penalty. CLICK HERE to read the article in the Chicago Tribune

March 11, 2011

An Open Letter to Governor Jerry Brown: Smart on Crime Solutions to the Budget
Aqeela Sherrills has spent much of his life working against violence in Los Angeles’ African American Communities. In a new op-ed, Aqeela shares with Gov. Brown smart on crime solutions to the budget. CLICK HERE to read the op-ed in The Sentinel.

March 10, 2011

A Range of Opinions
Some victims oppose the death penalty, some support it, and some are undecided. But ALL victims deserve to have their voices heard. CLICK HERE to read various victims’ responses to repeal of the death penalty in Illinois.

“What is it for? What does it bring to us?”
Los Angeles DA Steve Cooley continues to seek the death penalty despite victim’s protests. Why is LA County prioritizing executions over victims’ families? CLICK HERE to read more on

March 9, 2011

Today, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed the bill to repeal the death penalty in his state and converted the sentences of everyone on death row to life without possibility of parole. Funds from the state’s Capital Litigation Trust Fund will be reallocated to provide law enforcement training and services to families of homicide victims. This makes Illinois the 4th state in the country to repeal the death penalty since 2005, following New York, New Jersey, and New Mexico.

February 23, 2011

Senate Judiciary Commitee Hearing Footage
CLICK HERE to watch footage from the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Washington State’s SB 5456 to abolish the death penalty.

February 18, 2011

California’s Victims Fund Nearly Empty
For the second time in a decade, the victims restitution fund faces a financial meltdown that jeopardizes future help for crime victims and their families. CLICK HERE to read more about the victims fund shortfall in the Press-Enterprise.
While the state runs out of money to compensate victims, hundreds of millions of dollars are continually wasted on the death penalty. CLICK HERE to read a great blog highlighting the state’s tragically misguided priorities.

February 10, 2011

Laura’s Law: Ten Years Later
CCV supporters Nick and Amanda Wilcox introduced Laura’s Law in honor of their daughter who was killed ten years ago today. CLICK HERE to read more.

MT Senate Judiciary Comm. voted to PASS S.B. 185 – which would end MT’s death penalty – by a vote of 7-5!
CLICK HERE to take action now

Murder Victim Family Members Speak Out Against Connecticut’s Death Penalty
Opponents of the death penalty in Connecticut, including many murder victim family members, are urging for repeal.
CLICK HERE and HERE to read more.

February 3, 2011

New Study by the Violence Policy Center Compares Rates of Homicide Victimization for Californians Ages 10 to 24
The study, available at and funded by The California Wellness Foundation, uses the most recent data available to rank California counties by their homicide rates for youth and young adults ages 10 to 24. The study finds overwhelmingly that firearms, usually handguns, are the weapon of choice. The study also shows that there are vast disparities between groups: in California, young African-Americans are more than 14 times more likely to be murdered than young whites. Josh Sugarmann, VPC executive director and study co-author states, Comparing county by county the homicide rates for youth and young adults in California shows the continuing, urgent need for tailored, localized approaches to reducing youth homicide that integrate prevention and intervention while engaging local leaders and community stakeholders. CLICK HERE for more info.

January 31, 2011

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Association of Santa Clara Valley Scholarship Information
Every year, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Association of Santa Clara Valley gives out thousands of dollars in scholarships to low income minority students to attend college. While grades are important, the main focus is civic and community involvement. They are giving out a total of $6,100.00 in scholarship money. It will be distributed as follows, $3,000.00 in scholarships for African American students, $1,000.00 for any student going into Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice, a $100.00 scholarship to a student with a disability, as well as $2,000.00 for any student who applies and is chosen. CLICK HERE for more information and to fill out an application.

January 24, 2011

Death Penalty Examined
Should we have the death penalty in this country? Does it cost less, make us safer, is it humane, does it deter crime? CLICK HERE to listen to a podcast featuring Mike Farrell, actor, activist and president of Death Penalty Focus; Ron McAndrew, former prison warden at Stark State Prison in FL where executions are performed; Judy Kerr whose brother was a murder victim.

January 18, 2011

Woman endures as trial drags on for family’s killer
Three members of a Whittier woman’s family were murdered by her daughter-in-law in 2007. Now the grieving matriarch faces the trial’s penalty phase — again — despite her requests for life without parole.
CLICK HERE to read the article in the Los Angeles Times

January 11, 2011

Opinion: Police officials argue death penalty doesn’t make us safer
CLICK HERE to read the op-ed in the San Jose Mercury News

January 7, 2011

“I dread doing it again”
Prosecutors decide to seek a death sentence despite the victims’ families request to accept a plea bargain. Victims’ family says the death penalty “serves no purpose.”
CLICK HERE to read the article in the Whittier Daily News

January 6, 2011

Illinois House votes to abolish death penalty 60-54.
Now on to the Senate!

January 3, 2011

News Roundup: Death Penalty use on the decline in 2010
Still Cruel, Less UnusualNew York Times editorial
46 executions too manyWashington Post editorial
The decline of the death penaltyChicago Tribune column
On death penalty, state bucks the trendConcord Monitor op-ed

December 13, 2010

Viewpoints: Execution Ripped Open Old Wounds
Linda Owens, a murder victims family member in the Stanley “Tookie” Williams case, reflects on the death penalty five years after Tookie’s execution. CLICK HERE to read the op-ed in The Sacramento Bee.

December 7, 2010

What Else Could We Do With the Money?
Victims, law enforcement, state legislators and reformers weigh in about the costs of the death penalty in this ABC News article: Could Abolishing the Death Penalty Help States Save Money?

November 30, 2010

Former Justice John Paul Stevens on the Death Penalty
Justice Stevens talks about the death penalty and its affect on everyone involved in the process in The New York Review of Books.

November 15, 2010

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November 12, 2010

Voting on the Death Penalty?
CLICK HERE to read a great article in The Nation featuring great quotes from Judy Kerr about cold cases in California.
(Correction: Article states that there are 7,000 cold cases in California. There are actually 25,000 cold cases in California, with about 1,000 new cold cases each year).

October 18, 2010

No Human Way to Kill
If you missed the panel discussion “No Human Way to Kill” when it streamed live from New York City’s White Box Gallery on October 11, you can watch the video HERE.

This panel discussion featured Renny Cushing, whose father was murdered in 1988, Reverend Cathy Harrington, whose daughter, Leslie Ann Mazzara, was murdered, Barbara Lewis, whose son, Robert Gattis, is on death row, Anne Coleman, whose daughter, Frances, was murdered. The panel was moderated by Robert Priseman, a visual artist and Fellow at the Essex Human Rights Centre.

October 5, 2010

California’s death penalty plods onward toward further injustices
CLICK HERE to read this great article (with great quotes from Judy Kerr) about how the death penalty prolongs victims’ suffering.

October 4, 2010

Murder victim survivors split on death penalty
Not all victims agree on the death penalty. Revenge and forgiveness are just two motivating factors for support or opposition to the death penalty. Kevin Fagan of the San Francisco Chronicle investigates these varying perspectives.
CLICK HERE to read the article.

September 30, 2010

Execution Called Off
The Attorney General has officially conceded that the execution scheduled to occur at 9:00 pm on September 30 will not go forward.This is just another example of why California’s dysfunctional death penalty system should be replaced with life without possibility of parole with work and restitution to the victims. Life without possibility of parole is swift and certain punishment. By replacing the death penalty with life without possibility of parole we would save the families of murder victims from this painful, legal rollercoaster ride. And the state will save $1 billion in five years and avoid legal chaos like this.
CLICK HERE to read the full press release.

September 29, 2010

An Emotional Roller Coaster for Victims
“A stay was issued Tuesday to halt the state of California’s scheduled execution of Albert Brown at 9 p.m. on Thursday. As the legal issues may not be resolved until the last minute, the victim’s family silently waits, not knowing what lies ahead. That’s the thing about the death penalty: although it’s touted by proponents as being “for the victims,” the victims are barely an afterthought.”
CLICK HERE to read this great op-ed by Judy Kerr in the San Francisco Chronicle.

September 15, 2010

Professor Jan Knippers Black Discusses Human Rights on Evening Insight
Jan Kinppers Black, professor at Monterey Institute of International Studies and murder victim family member, discusses human rights issues, including the death penalty, on Evening Insight. CLICK HERE to watch the show.

August 27, 2010

Death penalty is not worth the cost
The Sacramento Bee published a new op-ed by Helene Burns and Judy Kerr, both registered nurses and murder victim family members.
CLICK HERE to read it.

August 24, 2010

Without death penalty, we’d have funds to treat mental illness
The San Jose Mercury News published a new op-ed by CCV member Deldelp Medina.
CLICK HERE to read it.

August 19, 2010

Media Recap
Governor Schwarzenegger’s announcement to borrow $64 million to expand California’s death row has sparked outrage among California’s citizens about the cost of the death penalty and its many failures. Here’s a recap of the media coverage:

California borrows from budget to build new death row; Death Penalty News Blog, August 13, 2010
How would you spend $64 million?; James Clark, Calitics, August 13, 2010; Originally posted on the ACLU blog
California’s death penalty a failure; Editorial, Stockton Record, August 15, 2010
Death penalty broken in state, LTE, Judy Kerr, Modesto Bee, August 15, 2010
California can’t afford much, but it can afford a shiny new death row; Michael Landauer, Dallas Morning News Blog, August 16, 2010
Cost of California death row roils editorial boards; The StandDown Texas Project, August 16, 2010
Cut death penalty to fund criminal investigations; Aqeela Sherrills, Care2, August 16, 2010; Originally posted on LA Progressive
Is the death penalty too expensive; Bookworm Room, August 16, 2010
Tell California: Don’t borrow from Peter to execute Paul; Chris Cassidy,, August 16, 2010
Will cost of death row kill us all?, Editorial, Merced Sun-Star, August 16, 2010
A $64 million question; Bryan Evans, Amnesty International Blog, August 17, 2010
What price is too high for death row?; Editorial, Sacramento Bee, August 19, 2010

August 16, 2010

Death Penalty in the News
The death penalty was a hot topic in the media this weeked as the state reacted to Governor Schwarzenegger’s irresponsible plan to borrow $64 million from California’s general fund to expand death row. Please check out these news items, write letters to the editor, and comment on the stories!

Death Penalty Broken in State; LTE by Judy Kerr in the Modesto Bee.
Beyond the Grim Sleeper: Cut Death Penalty to Fund Criminal Investigations; Blog post by Aqeela Sherrills on Dick and Sharon’s LA Progressive.
California’s Death Penalty a Failure; Editorial in the Stockton Record.
What Price is Too High for Death Row?; Editorial in the Sacramento Bee.
How Would You Spend $64 Million?; Blog post by James Clark on Calitics.

August 12, 2010

Governor Schwarzenegger Plans to Borrow Nearly $65 Million from California’s General Fund to Expand Death Row
Despite California’s $19 billion budget deficit, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s administration said Wednesday it will borrow nearly $65 million from the state’s cash-strapped general fund to begin building a new 1,152-bed death row at San Quentin State Prison. CLICK HERE to read more in the Sacramento Bee.

The Governor’s proposal came under immediate attack by Assemblyman Jared Huffman and state Sen. Mark Leno, both of whom have repeatedly opposed the governor’s efforts to expand the facility. CLICK HERE to read the Contra Costa Times article about their efforts to stop the expansion.

August 4, 2010

Victims’ Family Satisfied with Life Without Parole
The court proceedings against Columbus Allen Jr. II dragged on for more than four years and then came to an abrupt and somewhat surprising conclusion Monday morning with his guilty plea to the 2006 murder of California Highway Patrolman Earl Scott.

It is, we think, the best outcome for this horrific crime. Allen, 34, will spend the rest of his life in prison with no chance of parole.

Bill Scott, Earl’s father, told The Bee that he was satisfied with the resolution, in part because it assures that the family will see Allen punished for his crime.

CLICK HERE to read more.

July 27, 2010

Public Opinion is Shifting
“The majority of Californians now favor permanent imprisonment over the death penalty. That includes murder victims’ family members like me,” said Judy Kerr. CLICK HERE to read CCV’s latest blog entry on the Death Penalty Focus blog.

July 22, 2010

Field Poll Shows That More Voters Prefer Permanent Imprisonment Over the Death Penalty
According to the Field Poll released today, 70% of registered voters said they supported the death penalty. However, when asked which sentence they preferred for a first-degree murderer, 42 percent said life in prison without parole and 41 percent said death.

Read more:
San Francisco Chronicle
San Jose Mercury News
Sacramento Bee
San Diego Union Tribune

Consider joining the public debate by submitting a letter to the editor to any of these newspapers!!

June 28, 2010

Cut This: The Death Penalty
At a time of fiscal crisis, when there are more needs than dollars, we’re calling on Sacramento to cut the death penalty.
Read more at the California Progress Report, Huffington Post, Daily Kos, and the ACLU.

June 22, 2010

Summer Newsletter Out Now!
CLICK HERE to read all about CCV’s latest activities.

June 17, 2010

Urgent Action Needed to Stop Executions in CA!
On June 8, California’s oversight agency rejected the proposed lethal injection regulations, citing many of the objections raised by members of the public in the comment process. Less than three days later, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) proposed minor changes to the procedures and opened another fifteen-day comment period. These minor changes made practically overnight create even more civil rights and civil liberties problems, not less.

Please join us in saying no to executions! CLICK HERE to take action! The deadline for taking action is Friday June, 25th at 5pm PST.

Debate: Death Penalty Only Hurts Victims’ Families
Beth Wood, Acting Executive Director of MVFR, wrote a wonderful article chronicling the real needs of victims and how the death penalty wastes public safety resources. CLICK HERE to read the article.

Taylor Turns Tragedy into Triumph
CLICK HERE to read the Oakland Post’s article on Lorrain Taylor, CCV Member and Founder of 1,000 Mothers to Prevent Violence.

June 9, 2010

State rejects lethal injection overhaul
California’s death penalty has been on hold since 2006 due to legal challenges alleging that its 3-drug lethal injection protocol is cruel and unusual punishment. In April, the Department of Corrections proposed a new set of regulations that have now been rejected by the Office of Administrative Law, meaning a more lengthy process before the state can resume executions.

CLICK HERE to read more.

June 2, 2010

Victims to Speak at WCADP General Assembly
On June 12, more than eighty death penalty abolition organizations from around the world will be gathering for the 2010 Annual General Assembly of the WCADP in San Francisco.

Be sure to check out “Voices of Victims’ Families,” a panel discusion featuring:
– Renny Cushing, MVFHR
– Kate Lowenstein, MVFHR
– Howard Morton, Families of Homicide Victims and Missing Persons
– Judy Kerr, CCV

For more information, CLICK HERE.

May 20, 2010

Democrats want to scrap the death penalty
The California Democratic part included a declaration in its platform that theywill “replace the death penalty with a term of permanent incarceration, which will serve to protect the public, provide swift and certain justice for victims’ families, and save the state an estimated $1 billion over the next five years.”
CLICK HERE to read about it in the San Francisco Chronicle.

May 13, 2010

Justice for All Murder Victims
Murder victim family members and President of the Equal Justice Society, Eva Paterson, talks about the Racial Justice Act.
CLICK HERE to read about it on the California Progress Report.

April 23, 2010

Solving murders is the best deterrent to crime
CLICK HERE to read a new op-ed by Judy Kerr in the Capitol Weekly

April 20, 2010

Victim’s family gives consent to plea deal for permanent imprisonment
San Diego victim Chelsea King’s parents came to support life without parole for their daughter’s murderer instead of pushing for the death penalty

Read all the coverage:
Kings gave consent to plea agreementSan Diego Union Tribune
Victims’ kin know anguish of plea dealSan Diego Union Tribune
REGION: State’s death penalty lacks urgency – North County Times
Death penalty leaves victims’ families dissatisfied – KPBS
Death penalty history played role in Gardner plea dealSan Diego 10 News

April 16, 2010

Murder Victim Family Members Ask Governor to Make Tough on Crime Choice to End Death Penalty
CCV delivers clearly worded plea signed by 150 CCV supporters to Governor Schwarzenegger: save the state $1 billion dollars over the next five years by converting all 700 death sentences in the state to permanent imprisonment and redirect the money towards victim’s services.
CLICK HERE to read more on the California Progress Report

April 12, 2010

Investigations sit idle as LAPD detectives hit overtime caps
With its overtime budget decimated, the department is forcing officers to put cases on hold and take days or even weeks off. Despite an uptick in killings, the homicide unit is among the hardest hit.
CLICK HERE to read the article in the Los Angeles Times

April 8, 2010

CCV release new report: “The Silent Crisis in California: Unsolved Murders”
While hundreds of millions of dollars are spent each year on the death penalty, a shocking number of homicides remain unsolved in California. This report by California Crime Victims for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (CCV) focuses on unsolved homicides in California, a problem that has been largely ignored until now by policy makers and the media. By shifting limited public safety resources away toward solving every murder we can achieve justice for all crime victims, not just symbolism for a few.

CLICK HERE to read the full report!

Editorial: A death penalty record
L.A. County led the U.S. in capital sentences in 2009. Prosecutors are being overzealous and inhumane.
CLICK HERE to read the editorial in the Los Angeles Times

March 30, 2010

Time For California to Catch Up With the Death Penalty Decline
As the United States moves away from death sentences to permanent imprisonment, California particularly Los Angeles County lags behind, according to a new report on the death penalty by the ACLU of Northern California (ACLU-NC).
To read about the report click HERE or HERE.
To read the full report, click HERE.

March 24, 2010

A Tale of Two Murders: A Victim’s Perspective on the Death Penalty
CLICK HERE to read Judy Kerr’s blog on Care2.

March 23, 2010

Hayward mother of slain sons channels her pain to help others
CLICK HERE to read about CCV member Lorrain Taylor in the “Hometown Heroes” section of the Contra Costa Times.

March 17, 2010

Revenge Solves Nothing
CLICK HERE to read Judy Kerr’s letter to the editor from the San Bernardino Sun in response to Assemblyman Curt Hagman’s pro-death penalty op-ed.

Greg Wilhoit: An Unsung Hero
CLICK HERE to read a wonderful tribute to our dear friend Greg Wilhoit by Mike Farrell on the Huffington Post.

March 15, 2010

Who’ll Pay for Murder Trials?
Sen. Jeff Denham, who helped Modesto and the county recoup some costs in Peterson’s 2004 blockbuster trial, introduced legislation in Sacramento three weeks ago allowing counties to seek state reimbursement for prosecuting those accused of killing officers.

Read more:

Voices, opinions on California’s lethal injection proposal
From the Lodi News Sentinel:

March 3, 2010

Respond to Pro-Death Penalty Op-ed in the San Bernardino Sun
CLICK HERE to read the op-ed by Assemblyman Curt Hagman: “Cooper’s victims deserve justice now”
Be sure to make comments and send letters responding to Hagman’s assumption that all victims believe that the death penalty will bring justice. Send letters to:

February 17, 2010

Op-ed written by Judy Kerr in the San Jose Mercury News
Death penalty takes resources away from solving other murders. CLICK HERE to read the op-ed in the San Jose Mercury News.

Op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle
Prisons can’t afford to cut rehabilitation funds. CLICK HERE to read the op-ed.

February 8, 2010

9/11 Victim Family Member Opposes the Death Penalty
“Families of 9/11 victims say forget politics; justice needs to come soon in terror trial”
CLICK HERE to read more in the New York Daily News.

February 5, 2010

The death penalty — it’s unworkable
The American Law Institute, instrumental in structuring the model statutes on which most death sentences are based, has withdrawn its support of such laws. CLICK HERE to read the op-ed in the Los Angeles Times.

January 29, 2010

Op-ed written by Aqeela Sherrills in the Los Angeles Daily News
One father’s message to another: stop wasting money on CA’s death penalty and spend it on preventing violence and solving murders instead. CLICK HERE to read the op-ed.

January 22, 2010

Over 12,000 Object to California’s Execution Plan
Wide range of groups and individuals say lethal injection proposal continues to be flawed. CLICK HERE to read the full story.

January 19, 2010

The Sacramento Bee Runs a Series of Letters on the Death Penalty
CLICK HERE to read them!

January 12, 2010

Great editorial in the Long Beach Press Telegram
CLICK HERE to read the editorial “Death penalty needs reforms: Life in prison without the possibility of parole is a better alternative.”

January 11, 2010

Victim’s Family: “Everytime we think we can move on, something comes up.”
CLICK HERE to read this article in the Los Angeles Times: “Accused California serial killer to defend self in 30-year-old death penalty case”

Demand an End to Executions in California!

Please TAKE ACTION today to stop executions from resuming in California. This is very urgent, without your help executions could occur in the near future. Letters must be received by January 20, 2010 at 5pm PDT.

Both Californians and non-Californians are encouraged to take action.

BACKGROUND: On January 4, 2010, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) proposed minor revisions to its lethal injection procedures in the form of amendments to its previously proposed procedures. CDCR set a fifteen-day comment period ending January 20, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. during which the public can submit written comments on the proposed amendments.

Please take 30 seconds and follow this link to learn how you can take action and demand an end to executions in California:

January 8, 2010

Great Editorial in the San Jose Mercury News
Editorial: California’s death penalty needs substantial reforms

January 6, 2010

CCV 2009 Year-End Newsletter Now Online!
CLICK HERE to read CCV’s 2009 Year-End Newsletter!!

In the News: Modifications to California’s Lethal Injection Procedure
Los Angeles Times – California proposes new lethal injection procedures,0,7932239.story

Stockton Record – State moves closer to resuming executions

Lodi News-Sentinel – California takes step toward resuming executions

January 4, 2010

CDCR Releases Proposed Modifications for Lethal Injection Protocol
Today, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation proposed changes to the lethal injection procedure in a 25-page draft and announced a 15-day period for public comment. Once any additional revisions are made and the new protocols adopted, the execution procedures must pass judicial review for their conformance with state law and the U.S. Constitution.

Corrections officials last year published the proposed changes and sought public comment, drawing more than 8,000 e-mails, letters and statements. Tuesday’s proposed revisions incorporated some of the public’s concerns, including clearly delineated areas for execution witnesses and access to the condemned prisoner’s holding cell for chaplains and spiritual advisors.

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