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Nancy
- 954 days ago - safecalifornia.org
Little did I know that the experience prosecuting a death penalty case would profoundly change my views on justice, the death penalty, and crime prevention. Watch my story -- and then share it with every California voter you know:



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. (0)
Friday May 11, 2012, 4:21 pm
Signed.
 

Chris B. (0)
Friday May 11, 2012, 5:23 pm
The arguments SAFE California makes to justify the abolition to the death penalty are exaggerated at best and, in most cases, misleading and erroneous. Passage would only lead to more costs and increased violence in our prisons and on our streets. See http://cadeathpenalty.webs.com/
 

(0)
Friday May 11, 2012, 9:43 pm
Gladly signed, thanks Nancy. I went to the link Chris suggested and found the anonymously-written article against the SAFE CA Act rather suspect. One tell-tale sign about the article's bias is the clear partisanship of "Anonymous". Another is the omitting of certain pertinent details. For example, the article quotes stats from the Field Poll stating that a majority of Californians still want the death penalty, but doesn't tell the whole story. Go to http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/public-opinion-new-poll-shows-california-voters-support-life-without-parole-over-death-penalty and you will read: "The recent Field Poll conducted in California indicated that more voters now prefer life without the possibility of parole instead of the death penalty for convicted murderers. For the first time since the poll began asking the question over a decade ago, more voters (48%) say they would prefer that someone convicted of first-degree murder be sentenced to life without parole than the death penalty (40%)."
 

Nancy Black (304)
Friday May 11, 2012, 10:06 pm
Emotionally, people support the death penalty when a horrible crime has been committed or if they or members of their family are victims. I know when I was younger, I supported the death penalty in cases of serial murders or child murders. Then I did enough reading to realize that probably several people have died who were innocent of a particular murder; they may have been criminals who committed other crimes, but they were innocent of the crime they died for. I realized we can't bring them back so in my opinion, it has nothing to do with money; it has to do with life, we shouldn't have the death penalty.
 

SuSanne P. (186)
Friday May 11, 2012, 10:48 pm
Sign the petition to replace the death penalty in California
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Thank you Nancy. Besides my personal reasons for being AGAINST the death penalty in many, many ways, I feel prison without the possibility of parole to be a Hell on earth that would last an eternity. At least to me! ThankX Judy for the percentages!!
 

Brian M. (202)
Saturday May 12, 2012, 6:56 am
The death penalty is largely a weapon our society uses against those who are least able to defend themselves from it: minorities and the poor. Though our system trumpets "better to let a few of the guilty go free than punish an innocent man," the reality is, particularly in capital punishment cases, that the innocent often pay the ultimate price for crimes they did not commit. The majority of countries around the world have abolished the death penalty; why does the US continue to lag behind?
 

Cynthia B. (74)
Saturday May 12, 2012, 7:18 am
I'm not able to sign,maybe because I don't live in U.S.
 

Amena Ravenwing (187)
Saturday May 12, 2012, 8:35 am
Noted and signed, thanks.
 

John B. (122)
Saturday May 12, 2012, 9:36 am
Watched,noted and signed. Thanks Nancy for posting the video.
 

JL A. (276)
Saturday May 12, 2012, 12:43 pm
CA cannot afford the death penalty--time to go with less expense alternative that actually shows deters crime, unlike the death penalty.
 

Carol H. (229)
Saturday May 12, 2012, 9:25 pm
signed and noted
 

ellen m. (222)
Sunday May 13, 2012, 1:52 am
@ J .L.A....This country cannot afford to have a death penalty in existence, and the reason has nothing to do with money.
 

Joe R. (190)
Sunday May 13, 2012, 6:17 am
Signed and noted.
 

William K. (308)
Sunday May 13, 2012, 9:41 am
Signed and noted. Committing murder to atone for a murder does not create justice. It is revenge dressed up as justice. It does not deter crime. It causes innocent people to be killed, such that justice can never be done. Death sentences are also disproportionately given out to minorities. There is no justice associated with the death penalty.
 

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Monday May 14, 2012, 1:38 pm
S&N
 

Terry King (109)
Monday May 14, 2012, 3:41 pm
Done
 

. (1)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 1:01 am
Noted and signed. Thank you Nancy.
 
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