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Last Updated Oct. 24, 2012

Who's Funding Prop 34, the Death Penalty Repeal?

Prop 34 would put an end to the death penalty in California, convert inmates on death row to a term of life in prison without possibility of parole (while putting them to work with any earned income going to victims), and give law enforcement agencies $100 million in homicide and rape assistance.

Learn more about it on KCET Ballot Brief's Prop 34 Cheat Sheet.


Credit: Database developed by Brian Frank. Additional reporting by Daniel Medina.

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The arguments in support of the ballot measure to abolish the death penalty are exaggerated at best and, in most cases, misleading and erroneous. The Act would only make our prisons less safe for both other prisoners and prison officials, significantly increase the costs to taxpayers due to life-time medical costs, the increased security required to coerce former death-row inmates to work, etc. The amount “saved” in order to help fund law enforcement is negligible and only for a short period of time. Bottom line, the “SAFE” Act is an attempt by those who are responsible for the high costs and lack of executions to now persuade voters to abandon it on those ground. Obviously, these arguments would disappear if the death penalty was carried forth in accordance with the law. Get the facts at and supporting evidence at


The "SAFE" in the SAFE California Act is an acronym that stands for: Savings, Accountability, and Full Enforcement. If enacted the Act would provide just that for the state of California. An official analysis of Prop. 34 reveals that California will save $130 million each year by replacing the death penalty. California has enacted numerous reforms in the past 30 years that have failed to streamline the death penalty and have instead cost taxpayers more money. These reform attempts to speed up the process also ran the risk of committing a fatal error. When applying the death penalty one always run the risk of executing an innocent person. Nationally, more than 100 innocent people have been sentenced to death and some have been executed. The only way to eliminate that risk and provide for full enforcement of justice is to replace the death penalty with life without the possibility of parole in California.

California's death penalty is costly, outdated, and inefficient. A yes vote on Prop. 34 this November will ensure California replaces the death penalty with justice that works. Learn the real facts at


I am Catherine Burke –
Mother of a Murdered Child – AND – Victim of Violent Crime!
I offer to each and every citizen, the true reason we should have the Death Penalty – PROTECTION!
"Indeed, the decision that capital punishment may be the appropriate sanction in extreme cases is an expression of the community's belief that certain crimes are themselves so grievous an affront to humanity that the only adequate response may be the penalty of death."
Protection is the only reason why we must vote NO on Proposition 34!

In a Mass Murderous attack upon the Burke family while they lay sleeping, my 18-year-old daughter, Saskia Savana Burke, was brutally stabbed to death here in our home December 20, 2011... Her murderer, William Gary Simpson, has been arrested and charged with Saskia’s murder, 2 counts attempted murder, several counts of special circumstances including lying in wait.

William Gary Simpson took our CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness when he CHOSE to commit mass murder. He took these rights from us, FOREVER when he murdered Saskia!