Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Ten Years After Last Execution, California’s Death Row Continues to Grow

...only 13 people have been executed since the state brought back the death penalty in 1977. Meanwhile, more than 100 have died facing execution — a quarter of these prisoners have committed suicide, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). The cost to California taxpayers, according to a 2011 study, has been more than $4 billion — and by 2030, the projected cost will reach $9 billion, with more than 1,000 people on death row.

...The state’s new lethal injection protocol will be subject to a lengthy public vetting process. And even if the pro-death penalty ballot measure prevails, implementing its changes would be costly and complicated. Still, should the state start killing again, Californians can expect to see a lot more prisoners who look like Clarence Ray Allen make their way to the gurney. As of now, the next 16 prisoners in line to die are mostly old men, all of whose sentences date back to the 1980s. Half are in their 60s, and two are more than 70; the oldest is 78.

More:  https://theintercept.com/2016/01/17/ten-years-after-last-execution-californias-death-row-continues-to-grow/

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