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Voices from California's Death Row

Ramon Rogers

I have been on death row for almost 20 years, still currently waiting appointment of state habeas representation so my appeals can move forward. During these long years I have formed bonds and gotten to know many of these men for the persons they have become decades after their convictions, not for their crimes that put them here.  I would not want to see any of them be murdered by the state because we are all someone’s son, brother, cousin, uncle, father or grandfather. The 2016 California ballot initiative the “Death Penalty Reform and Savings Act” (the Reform Act) seeks to speed up executions while curtailing vital legal appeals. The Reform Act will be law by default if “the Justice that Works Act” (the Justice Act) doesn’t get as many votes.

Voices from California's Death Row


Question 1. Yes, I would love to see the end of the death penalty and why – well, I did kill someone and I’m ready to do my time for it but I refuse to take responsibility for a rape that didn’t happen.

Question 2. Well, I would rather have the LWOP then the death penalty but in my case I’m looking forward to going back to court to beat the rape charge and getting my sentence down to either 25 to life or 15 to life.

Question 3. Yes, I would like to work and keep busy.

Voices from California's Death Row

Stephen E. Hajek

I, Stephen E. Hajek, do not feel the death penalty should be repealed. This ballot does not show consideration to the situation prisoners deal with here. The fact that you are doing this is just aggravating because we all know your true interest lie in a pool of self-gratifying “feel-good” altruism. These types of initiatives are written to make you feel better, not us. 

Voices from California's Death Row

Eric Houston

Hello. My name is Mr. Houston, and I’m one of the seven hundred death penalty inmates at San Quentin Prison.

Myself I’d like Life Without Parole over the death penalty hanging over my head.

Yes. Life without parole would keep the public safe still, and break up the row to mainline housing.

We’d have access to jobs, school, and learn prison job skills. What San Quentin offers here. What jobs on the row it’s limited to only a handful here.

Victim’s restitution? A large percent pay like fifty five percent already any funds coming in handed down by the courts.

Voices from California's Death Row

Crandell Ojore Mckinnon

The INJUSTICE of Ballot Measure #62: The Justice that Works Act

Upon arriving on death row at San Quentin State Prison, back in March, 1999, I have not experienced nor witnessed Justice at Work, only a willingness not to put in the work to achieve Justice in my case by subverting my rights, obstructing justice and suppressing my fight for Liberation. And this November ballot measure #62, the Justice that Works Act”, will not alleviate these “Injustices.” Instead it will impede my “right” to appeal my “wrongful Conviction”.

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