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Time to Revoke the Death Penalty

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    Suzanne Shaw, NBC Bay Area Editorial Director, argues the death penalty frequently condemns society but rarely the convicted. (Published Friday, Jul 22, 2011)

    And now an NBC Bay Area Editorial:

    California has built the most expensive, most overcrowded, and least effective death penalty system in the nation.

    Another Viewpoint: The Death Penalty

    [BAY] Another Viewpoint: The Death Penalty
    Suzanne Shaw, NBC Bay Area Editorial Director shares viewer feedback on this controversial issue. (Published Friday, Jul 29, 2011)

    I'm Suzanne Shaw (NBC Bay Area Editorial Director)

    The lawyer who wrote our death penalty law 33 years ago wants it abolished. A judge who imposed 10 death sentences wants it abolished. And a former San Quentin warden calls it "counterproductive." Ninety-nine percent of death row inmates have not been executed. Victims' families suffer years of appeals.

    NBC Bay Area supports a new bill, SB 490 would give voters the choice to replace this arcane captial punishment with life in prison, no parole. The author, State Senator Loni Hancock says, "We're not tough on crime. We're tough on the taxpayer."

    While police forces are being cut, the death penalty costs us $150 million a year.

    Help support SB 490
     

     

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