Voices from California's Death Row

RF at San Quentin

Response to “The Justice that Works Act of 2016”

1. Would I like to see the Justice Act passed? No. Not as proposed.

This proposed law is ill-thought out, poorly crafted, and I really doubt it will save money, or serve any real purpose other than pander to the frightened and vengeance-seeking voters.

Case in point: Under §2: Finding and Declarations”, the wording “…and severely punished” should be removed. While the law may appeal to the group who want vengeance, it’s not realistic. What is the state going to do as a means of severe punishment? Bring back torture? Floggings or beatings? Starvation? Lock someone up forever?

Voices from California's Death Row

Brian David Johnsen J-25500

The answers to your 6 questions follow:

Voices from California's Death Row

Cedric Johnson K-61104

I received your questionnaire and ballot initiative about ending the death penalty. As for your question:

1)      Would I like to see “The Justice that Works Act” passed? Why or why not? Yes, I would like to see it passed. Why? Because technically life without the possibility of parole (LWOP) is worse than the death penalty It is worse because being in prison is miserable, being in prison on the main-line is worse.

Voices from California's Death Row


Anonymous by request:

1.      No, I would not like to see “The Justice That Works Act” passed as it is written. I find some of its provisions to be unacceptable, and question if some of them may not actually be illegal.  But see my reply to question #5 from your survey.

Voices from California's Death Row

Cristhian A. Monterroso

Thank you for taking the time to write the ones who are actually affected by the rhetoric politicians try to build their careers on.

My position on the bills being proposed for November’s ballots are:

1)      The bill to speed up the death penalty is political garbage. Simply put, it is another massive waste of taxpayer money. Apparently, the voters have forgotten that thing called “fast Track” that was voted on in the late 90’s. If all the judges have already made a public admission that the death penalty is an irreparable system in California, fast track failed and there being no pharmaceutical companies to sell the drugs to the State, why is this bill being pushed?

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