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It's Official — California's Death Penalty is a Multi-Million Dollar Failure. Now What?

By Natasha Minsker, ACLU of Northern California at 12:16pm

A panel of experts, including 10 law enforcement officers and prosecutors, unanimously agrees that California’s death penalty is utterly broken. To fix it, we’ll need to spend over $200 million per year. The current failed system already…

After 30 Years, California Examines its Dysfunctional Death Penalty

By Natasha Minsker, ACLU of Northern California at 5:10pm

Originally posted on Daily Kos.

It's never too late.

After 30 years of executions, the state of California is finally conducting an exhaustive review of the death penalty system. While the report will not be released to the public for…

Death, Taxes...and Dry Cleaning?

By Natasha Minsker, ACLU of Northern California at 3:29pm
Heads up, Californians. Your state's death row is a money pit, and the government is throwing tons of taxpayer cash into it despite a wealth of evidence that it is a bad investment. On Friday, the ACLU of Northern California released two reports…

Commission Hears Testimony Against Death Penalty

By Natasha Minsker, ACLU of Northern California at 10:25pm
In a new YouTube video released yesterday, Aundré Herron talks about why California’s death penalty has to go. As both a former prosecutor and murder victim survivor, Herron has a unique and incisive perspective on the death penalty, which she shared…

At the Tipping Point...

By Natasha Minsker, ACLU of Northern California at 5:22pm
This really shows that we have reached the tipping point on the death penalty in America, and it's not just in the state capitols. Last year, for the first time in 30 years, more people preferred the sentence of life without parole than the death penalty.…
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