Gil Garcetti and Eric Siddall weigh in on Proposition 62

California is one of 30 states where the death penalty is legal, but on Election Day here in California - things could change.

Proposition 62 is a ballot initiative designed to abolish the death penalty.

A ‘Yes’ vote means…you want to get rid of the death penalty and replace it with life in prison, without the possibility of parole.

A ‘No’ vote want to keep things as they are and keep the death penalty in place.

Two opposing sides joined us on Thursday morning. From the ‘Yes’ campaign is Gil Garcetti, the former LA County District Attorney. From the ‘No’ campaign is Eric Siddall, Vice-President of the LA Association of Deputy District Attorneys.

Yes on 62 means:

  • Save taxpayer money
  • Criminals to pay restitution
  • Provide closure.
  • Eliminate risk of executing innocent person.
  • Erase the most extreme racial inequality

No on 62 means:

  • The proposition would protect the worst criminals while diminishing protection of victims' rights.
  • The proposition would cost taxpayers millions of dollars.
  • The proposition would end the death penalty system when it should be mended.

In California, the last execution was 1 in 2000.

Inmates who have died since 1978:

  • 15 executed.
  • 13 executed in Calif.
  • 1 (from Calif.) executed in Virginia.
  • 1 (from Calif.) executed in Missouri.

Non-execution deaths: 104

  • 71 died of natural causes
  • 25 died of suicide
  • 8 other cause

The most current poll was done by survey (USA.) and the prop trails by 18 points.

  • Yes: 35%
  • No: 53%
  • Undecided: 12%

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