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Voices from California's Death Row

Donald Ray Young

Yes, I would like to see “The Justice that Works Act” passed this 08 November 2016. Many of us are actually innocent, wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death. Victims of a dysfunctional system. We can’t get the years back. Leave us a semblance of life. As an abolitionist I stand against government sponsored executions, strapped in a death chamber or in our streets at the hands of corrupt police. If ‘all lives matter’ let us abolish capital punishment in California. I also believe other states will follow our lead. This momentous initiative has global ramifications. The appeals process will still be an option to challenge wrongful convictions. This is a step in the right direction.

Voices from California's Death Row

J. Manuel Lopez

1. No, because the proposed law is intended to simply end an archaic practice at the expense of the innocent and injustices that may or may not have occurred during trial proceedings. By not guaranteeing the right of appeal in the proposed initiative is a denial of a basic right to challenge the conviction itself…I urge the withdrawal of the ballot initiative.

2. There is no difference between LWOP and a death sentence. Both leads to the ending of a human being’s life; LWOP is the natural slower death, while a death sentence shortens the natural life’s process and, at least one knows the steps leading to it.

Voices from California's Death Row

Martin Jennings

Let’s address if “The Justice that Works Act” should pass or not?

Well! What I’m about to say, maybe a little controversial! But here it goes…

Voices from California's Death Row

Cathy Sarinana

My Opinions

1)      Yes, I would like to see this initiative passed. The very thought of looking at death in the face each and every day causes me to be filled with panic, anxiety and terror, not to mention depression! Imagine living each day being nervous and edgy? With this initiative maybe being passed I will be able to lay my head down at night without a frightful image of being laid on the table., strapped down with on-lookers watching.

Voices from California's Death Row


1.      I think it would be a good idea for the voters to pass “the Justice that Works Act”. Not because it is good for us here on the row but because it is in the best interest of the people of California. Soon after I got your letter I got out my 2011 “The World Almanac” it has lots of facts in it. So I looked up the murder rates of each state in the USA. So I asked myself what do the ten lowest murder rates states have in common. I found that 6 of those states have no death penalty, not only that for the ten states the total number of executions since 1977 was just 9 people. Those states had murder rates range from 0.8 to 2.2 per 100,000 people.

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