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Signature Gathering Underway to End Death Penalty

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Both paid and volunteer signature gatherers will be circulating petitions for the measure that would replace California's death penalty with life imprisonment without parole. Campaign manager Natasha Minsker says ending the death penalty will save money and end the risk of putting innocent people to death. 

 "It will require everyone convicted of murder to work in prison and pay restitution to the victims compensation fund and it takes a portion of the money we're going to save by replacing the death penalty and it directs it to local law enforcement…"

The campaign has until late February to gather more than 500-thousand signatures needed to place the measure on the ballot. Harriet Salerno with the group Crime Victims United opposes the move.  She says it's the death penalty appeals process that should be overhauled to save the state money.




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