LA Roundtable #75: The Ballot Proposition to Abolish Death Penalty - Oct 05, 2012

An initiative to abolish the death penalty has qualified as a proposition on this November's statewide ballot. California currently has 725 people on death row. If the measure is approved, their sentences will be changed to "life in prison without the possibility of parole." These prisoners will also be required to seek jobs within the prison system, and their earnings will go to crime victims. Thirteen inmates have been executed in California since the death penalty was re-instituted by a ballot proposition in 1978. There have been no executions since 2006, although seven convicted criminals have exhausted all of their appeals.

Former Los Angeles County District Attorney Gil Garcetti makes the case for passage of the proposition which would eliminate the death penalty, while the current Assistant Head Deputy District Attorney, Phillip Stirling, argues for retaining the penalty as an appropriate punishment and deterrent.