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James Clark is the Death Penalty Repeal Organizer for the ACLU of Southern California and served as the Southern California Coordinator of the YES on Prop 34 Campaign, the ballot initiative to replace California's death penalty. James previously worked as the Coordinator of Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, a nonprofit organization working to end capital punishment in Georgia, where he was a leader in the movement to stop the execution of Troy Davis. James graduated from UCLA with a degree in the Study of Religion before earning a Master's of Divinity at Emory University's Candler School of Theology.
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The Tide is Turning on California's Death Penalty

By James Clark, ACLU of Southern California at 6:56pm
The ongoing debacle of California’s death penalty took a few dramatic turns last week: a new poll showed a dramatic shift in public opinion in favor of ending the death penalty; Gov. Jerry Brown took a step in the right direction by cutting plans for a new death row; and the Department of Corrections announced that the state’s hold on executions will last at least through this year, if not longer. At the same time, the California Democratic Party pushed even further in their advocacy against the death penalty. All told, it’s got people asking if California is finally ready to “cut” the death penalty.

California's $4 Million Rollercoaster Ride

By James Clark, ACLU of Southern California at 7:36pm

California’s death penalty has always been a bit of a head-scratcher, but the news over the last two weeks may have the record for furrowed brows and rolled eyes. The legal drama that has unfolded as the state tries to execute Albert Brown…

Cut This: The Death Penalty

By James Clark, ACLU of Southern California at 11:29am

California’s governor has proposed closing the state’s $20 billion budget gap with a drastic cuts-only approach, slashing funding for vital human services without working to increase revenue. Yet one state program seems to be immune from…

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