Prop. 34: Death Penalty

Repeals death penalty and replaces it with life imprisonment without parole.
Outcome: Failed

Summary

Repeals death penalty and replaces it with life imprisonment without possibility of parole. Applies retroactively to existing death sentences. Directs $100 million to law enforcement agencies for investigations of homicide and rape cases.

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what your vote means

Yes

A YES note on this measure means: No offenders could be sentenced to death under state law. Offenders who are currently under a sentence of death would be resentenced to life without the possibility of parole. The state would provide a total of $100 million in grants to local law enforcement agencies over the next four years.

No

A NO vote on this measure means: Certain offenders convicted for murder could continue to be sentenced to death. The status of offenders currently under a sentence of death would not change. The state would not be required to provide local law enforcement agencies with additional grant funding.

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financial effect

Yes

Net savings to the state and counties that could amount to the high tens of millions of dollars annually on a statewide basis due to the elimination of the death penalty. One-time state costs totaling $100 million from 2012-13 through 2015-16 to provide funding to local law enforcement agencies.

No

No change from status quo.

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campaign arguments

Yes

34 guarantees we never execute an innocent person by replacing California’s broken death penalty with life in prison without possibility of parole. It makes killers work and pay court-ordered restitution to victims. 34 saves wasted tax dollars and directs $100 million to law enforcement to solve rapes and murders.

No

California is broke.

Prop. 34 costs taxpayers $100 million over four years and many millions more, long term. Taxpayers would pay at least $50,000 annually, giving lifetime healthcare/housing to killers who tortured, raped, and murdered children, cops, mothers and fathers. DA’s, Sheriffs and Police Chiefs say Vote No.

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campaign information

Yes

Steve Smith

YES on 34—SAFE California 

Campaign

237 Kearny Street #334 

San Francisco, CA 94108

(415) 525-9000

info@safecalifornia.org

www.YesOn34.org

No

Californians for Justice and 

Public Safety

455 Capitol Mall, Suite 600

Sacramento, CA 95814

www.waitingforjustice.net

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Additional information

Prop. 34 Full textClick here to view.
Measure TypeInitiated state statute
Date Qualified04/23/2012
ProponentJeanne Woodford c/o James C. Harrison
Signatures by CountyClick here to view.
Signatures Required504,760

Funding

Yes

RankContributor nameTotal
1AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION$1,034,390
2NICHOLAS PRITZKER$1,000,000
3THE ATLANTIC ADVOCACY FUND$1,000,000
4NICK MCKEOWN$437,500
5M QUINN DELANEY$300,000
12.8%
12.4%
12.4%
5.4%
3.7%
$8.1 million raised in total

No

49.1%
6.4%
5.1%
2.7%
2.5%
$392.9 thousand raised in total
RankContributor nameTotal
1PEACE OFFICERS RESEARCH ASSOCIATION OF CALIFORNIA$192,967
2SAN MANUEL BAND OF MISSION INDIANS$25,000
3ASSOCIATION FOR LOS ANGELES DEPUTY SHERIFFS$20,000
4RIVERSIDE COUNTY DEPUTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S ASSOCIATION PAC$10,500
5RIVERSIDE POLICE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION PAC$10,000

Endorsements

News

Editorials

Yes

No

Campaign Advertisements

Yes

No

Comments

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