[R-G] Death Penalty Report: CA Death Penalty: Costly, Dysfunctional
james m nordlund
realiteee1 at yahoo.com
Sat Jul 26 14:30:23 MDT 2008
Death Penalty Report Shows the California's Death Penalty is Costly and Dysfunctional
We need your help.
On June 30th the California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice, created by the California State Senate after years of lobbying by Death Penalty Focus and its coalition partners, released its landmark report on the death penalty. Their findings reveal that California's death penalty system is excessively costly and riddled with problems leading to unconscionable inequities and wrongful convictions.
Death Penalty Focus has worked for the past two and a half years to ensure that our members (including law enforcement, the family and friends of murder victims, faith leaders, experts, and activists who oppose the death penalty) were present at every single Commission hearing. We submitted a report detailing the serious problem of wrongful conviction in capital cases, provided compelling testimony at the public hearings, and helped to generate hundreds of letters - including two letters signed by more than 50 judges, prosecutors, cops and corrections officials - to the Commission.
Two legislative bills aimed at eliminating and remedying wrongful convictions (SB 1589 & AB 2937), based on the Commission's recommendations, are currently moving through the legislature, please take just 30 seconds to send a letter in support of these important bills: TAKE ACTION!
We also hope you will consider making a donation or making a pledge of just $5 or $10 a month for the next year (the cost of just a few cups of coffee a month) to Death Penalty Focus. This will allow us to distribute this report to legislators, journalists, members of law enforcement, teachers, and to Californians around the state.
We are at a critical juncture; now is the time to seize this opportunity and use it to build even more momentum toward our ultimate goal of ending the death penalty in our lifetime.
We are truly grateful to our members for their unyielding support.
P.S. Your donation, no matter how small, will make a genuine difference in our work to end the barbaric practice of state-sanctioned killing.
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