“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”
By Alden Benton
Proposition 62 eliminates the death penalty in California for first-degree murder and replaces it with imprisonment for life without the possibility of parole. This measure requires current offenders sentenced to death be re-sentenced to life without parole.
Current California law requires inmates to work, including those convicted of murder. The state withholds a percentage of inmate wages to pay restitution to their victims. Proposition 62 increases the maximum withholding from 50 per cent to 60 per cent for inmates sentenced or resentenced to life without parole.
The California Legislative Analyst estimates that Proposition 62 would reduce net state and county costs related to murder trials, legal challenges to death sentences, and prisons. Estimated cost reductions are approximately $150 million per year.
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