Death Row Inmates Opposed to Proposition 34

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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.

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  • nina

    Maybe only God can consem a “man” thise sre foul creatures. Men don’t commit such heinous acts… life in prison ruins all their “special” treatment.

  • chris

    Honestly. Bullets dont cost much and who cares if they suffer they murdered others….and plenty of is out there would gladly pull the trigger. Hell you can reuse a rope…make it public like the old days….show others that it will not be tolerated!

  • TruthBtold

    Just throw them in a cave with nothing till they starve or kill each other, problem solved, no money involved, i bet with that punishment people would think twice before killing.

  • teresatolbert

    all serial killers must be put to death immediately like any other countries 2 weeks maximum,no appeals ,none of that crop..

  • Jane

    @teresatolbert. Check your facts. Most countries don't have the death penalty anymore–the United States is the only "Western" country that still carries out executions. Look who we are in company with:
    China (People's Republic)
    Congo (Democratic Republic)
    North Korea
    Saudi Arabia
    Trinidad and Tobago
    Read more: The Death Penalty Worldwide —

  • Gray squirrel

    Conduct a lottery, sell the tickets for budget deficit . Have fifty-one winners get to attend, the Grand prize winner gets to pull the switch.

  • Phyllis Loya

    @Jane. Let’s talk about Mexico, our next door neighbor that doesn’t have the death penalty. Have you looked at their murder statistics lately? Have you read about the decapitated bodies left in shopping malls as their killers are so brazen? Some Mexican cities aren’t even safe for tourists anymore. Not having the death penalty isn’t working for them and it won’t work for us. Keep California safe. Vote No on 34

  • nina

    Our “punishment is becoming to “humane” thats why the heinous acts that are being commited are becoming worse. Punishment should hurt. awful things are being done because of all the bleeding hearts out there crying out fir those poor mistreated murdering ass wipes who do it because they get to sit and savor their heinous acts until the taxpayers cannot possibly do anything more to prolong their lives after they took lives.

  • Steve M

    Wha? Genesis:
    "Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made man."

  • Chris Bernstien

    The 729 on death row murdered at least 1,279 people, with 230 children. 43 were police officers. 211 were raped, 319 were robbed, 66 were killed in execution style, and 47 were tortured. 11 murdered other inmates.

    The arguments in support of Pro. 34, the ballot measure to abolish the death penalty, are exaggerated at best and, in most cases, misleading and false.

    No “savings.” Alleged savings ignore increased life-time medical costs for aging inmates and require decreased security levels and housing 2-3 inmates per cell rather than one. Rather than spending 23 hours/day in their cell, inmates will be required to work. These changes will lead to increased violence for other inmates and guards and prove unworkable for these killers. Also, without the death penalty, the lack of incentive to plead the case to avoid the death penalty will lead to more trial and related costs and appeals.

    No “accountability.” Max earnings for any inmate would amount to $383/year (assuming 100% of earnings went to victims), divided by number of qualifying victims. Hardly accounts for murdering a loved one.

    No “full enforcement” as 729 inmates do not receive penalty given them by jurors. Also, for the 34,000 inmates serving life sentences, there will be NO increased penalty for killing a guard or another inmate. They’re already serving a life sentence.

    Efforts are also being made to get rid of life sentences. (Human Rights Watch, Old Behind Bars, 2012.) This would lead to possible paroles for not only the 729 on death row, but the 34,000 others serving life sentences. On 9/30/12, Brown passed the first step, signing a bill to allow 309 inmates with life sentences for murder to be paroled after serving as little as 15 years. Life without parole is meaningless. Remember Charles Manson and Sirhan Sirhan. Convicted killers get out and kill again, such as Darryl Thomas Kemp, Kenneth Allen McDuff, and Bennie Demps.

    Arguments of innocence bogus. Can’t identify one innocent person executed in CA. Can’t identify one person on CA’s death row who has exhausted his appeals and has a plausible claim of innocence. See

  • Chris Bernstien

    A jury of 12 people and a judge confirmed for each of these inmates that their crimes were so atrocious and they were so dangerous that they not only did not deserve to live, but they were so dangerous that the only safe recourse was the death penalty. Recognizing how dangerous these killers are, the prison houses them one person to a cell and does not provide them with work, leaving them locked in their cells most of the day.

    Prop. 34 wants to ignore all of this and save money by placing these killers in less-restrictive prisons where they share cells with other inmates. They also want to provide them opportunities for work, where they have more freedom, access to other inmates and guards, and more chances to manufacture weapons.

    Prop. 34 will also destroy any incentive for the 34,000 inmates already serving life without parole to kill again. There would be no death penalty under Prop. 34 and they are already serving a life sentence, so why not get a name for yourself killing another inmate or a guard?

    And they refer to Prop. 34 as the SAFE Act!

  • The Fool

    Housing the inmates is what costs money. Why not put them to death already? And where in the h#ll did condemned men get to have a say?