Their names are indelible – Scott Peterson, Richard Ramirez, Richard Allen Davis and Wesley Shermantine.
Their crimes are unerasable, but, as written Proposition 34 would erase their death sentence.
There are three sides to this argument – yes, no and those convicts.
For the Yes on Prop 34 campaign, the logic comes down to cold, hard cash.
“The reality is, is that it costs us an enormous amount of money to bring people to that moment of execution. we don’t have to spend that money,” says Ned Dolesji of the California Catholic Conference.
The taxpayer cost per death row inmate per year? $134,000, forty grand more than a regular inmate. Oddly enough, the argument against Prop 34 is also a money issue. “The – costs of i the death penalty in California swamp any immediate one year turnaround on cost savings. it’s that simple,” says McGregor Scott of Californians for Justice and Public Safety. That’s 725 inmates incarcerated until they die of natural causes.
Now, it’s time for the proposition plot twist that could only happen in the state that Hollywood calls home.
The death row inmates want to keep the death penalty.
Yep, you read that right. The Scott Peterson’s of the world say under current California law, they still have a chance to prove their innocence. If Prop 34 passes, the appeals stop.