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California’s 700 death row inmates could move to eight other facilities within the state in which they will be housed with non-sentenced prisoners have access to rehabilitation and work programs, which calls for a former Prosecutor, “a slap in the face” of the victims.
The move of the prisoners in San Quentin State Prison’s all-male death row the opportunity to transfer to other facilities is actually part of a ballot initiative approved four years to speed up executions. 2016 ballot measure was narrowly approved by 51 percent of the vote. It was intended to speed up executions by assigning more lawyers for death penalty appeals and to shift some appeals of trial court judges.
Former San Bernardino District Attorney Mike Ramos, co-Chairman of the Proposition 66 Committee, said behind the measure, the transfer of those sentenced to death was not what determined voters.
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A convicted prisoner walks along the East block death row in San Quentin State prison in San Quentin, California. More than 700 condemned prisoners in California, the largest-in-the-nation’s death row will soon have the chance to volunteer from San Quentin to other high-security prisons under a program required by the passage of a 2016 ballot initiative. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, file)
To say, “now that this murderer is going to go to a rehab program and be treated like any other low-grade inmate is a slap in the face,” he said.
California has not executed anyone since 2006, and democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom imposed a moratorium on the practice imposed last year, saying it would take as long as he is in office.
“We can not advance the use of the death penalty, in an effort to soften it happens the blow, which, to these victims,” said Newsom at the time “If someone kills, we kill. We are better than that.”
“One of the arguments against the death penalty, it costs too much to house them in San Quentin, the antique furnishings,” said the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation legal director Kent Scheidegger, who helped write the measure. “Our reaction was, well, you don’t need to be housed there. It was to defuse is one of the contrarian arguments”.
In this March 13, 2019, file photo provided by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in a chair away from the death penalty chamber at San Quentin State prison in San Quentin, California. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP, file)
Democratic member Marc Levine said it is ironic that the death penalty supporters, including the provision in your offer-for-speed-versions, but now are unhappy with the results.
“That you selected, so that rehabilitation is services poetic justice and just shows how broken and beyond repair, the death penalty,” he said.
He is lobbying lawmakers for a ballot measure asks the voters to end the death penalty. California voters still have the death penalty approved. You have ballot papers rejected measures to abolish the practice in the past.
The state has executed 13 prisoners since the U.S. Supreme court restored the death penalty in 1976.
The prisoners, who want to transfer will be subjected to prisons, mental health, physical and safety assessments to determine appropriate housing.
The plan will be evaluated over two years. Inmates have to pay to participate in work programs, 70 percent of what they earn, against a return program for the victims and survivors.
A convicted prisoner led from his East block cell on death row in San Quentin State Prison, San Quentin, California. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, file)
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“One of the thoughts behind Prop 66, there is no reason of death of inmates not tract work and earn some small income, and that small income will go to the family of the victim,” Scheidegger said. “It’s not much, but at least the icon can be.”
Women on California’s death row is at the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla, because it is the only women’s prison, surrounded by an electrified fence.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.