California Voters are not Liberal Where the Death Penalty is Concerned

California voters may lean for candidates that espouse liberal ideas, but they apparently feel little mercy when it comes to supporting the government’s right to kill people once they have been convicted of certain crimes. Not only to they accept the death penalty, but the majority of these citizens also want to speed up the process as well.

Voters rejected a ballot measure that would have abolished the death penalty, and narrowly approved a competing measure designed to streamline the execution process.

Proposition 62, which was opposed by about 56 percent of voters, would have repealed the death penalty for murder and replaced it with life in prison without parole.

Death penalty advocates had campaigned under the slogan “mend it, don’t end it,” KPCC reported. “The measure passed with 51 percent of the vote. It “limits death penalty appeals and sets strict timelines for state court rulings in capital cases,” NPR’s reports.

As of 2016, California was one of 30 states in which the death penalty was legal. In 1972, the California Supreme Court ruled the state’s capital punishment system unconstitutional. However, in 1978,Proposition 7 reinstated the death penalty. Voters rejected an initiative to ban capital punishment, titled Proposition 34, in 2012.”


The death penalty costs too much and does not deter crime. Because there is always the possibility that an innocent person could be put to death, and because the penalty is sometimes applied indiscriminately due to age, race or mental status, the penalty should be abolished entirely. It is frightening to conceive of a concept that permits humans to kill other people with the sanction of the government. The voters in California are wrong for supporting measures that permit this archaic practice.

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