Yes on Proposition 34
Evidence shows MORE THAN 100 INNOCENT PEOPLE
HAVE BEEN SENTENCED TO DEATH in the U.S., and
some have been executed!
Prop. 34 means WE’LL NEVER EXECUTE AN
INNOCENT PERSON in California.
Franky Carrillo was 16 when he was arrested and wrongly
convicted of murder in Los Angeles. It took 20 years to show his
innocence! Cameron Willingham was executed in 2004 in Texas
for an arson that killed his children; impartial investigators have
since concluded there was no arson.
“If someone’s executed and later found innocent, we can’t go
back.”—Judge LaDoris Cordell, Santa Clara (Retired)
California’s death penalty is TOO COSTLY and BROKEN
• Only 13 people have been executed since 1967—no one
since 2006. Most death row inmates die of old age.
• WE WASTE MILLIONS OF TAX DOLLARS on special
housing and taxpayer-financed appeals that can last 25 years.
• Today, death row inmates can sit around doing nothing.
34 MAKES CONVICTED KILLERS WORK AND PAY into
the victims’ compensation fund, as ordered by a judge.
It keeps killers who commit heinous crimes IN PRISON
UNTIL THEY DIE.
It frees up millions of WASTED TAX DOLLARS—to help
our kids’ schools and catch more murderers and rapists—without
34 SAVES MONEY.
California is broke. Many think the death penalty is cheaper
than life without parole—that’s just NOT true.
An impartial study found California will SAVE NEARLY
$1 BILLION in five years if we replace the death penalty with
life in prison without possibility of parole. Savings come from
eliminating lawyers’ fees and special death row housing.
Those wasted tax dollars would be better spent on LAW
ENFORCEMENT and OUR SCHOOLS.
WE CANNOT LET BRUTAL KILLERS EVADE JUSTICE.
Every year, almost half of all murders and over half of all rapes
GO UNSOLVED. Killers walk free and often go on to rape and
kill again. Thousands of victims wait for justice while we waste
millions on death row.
Killers who commit monstrous acts must be swiftly brought to
justice, locked up forever, and severely punished.
• 34 SAVES TAX DOLLARS and directs $100 million in
savings for more DNA testing, crime labs, and other tools
that help cops solve rapes and murders.
• 34 makes killers who commit horrible crimes spend the
rest of their lives in prison with NO HOPE OF EVER
GETTING OUT. It makes them WORK so they can PAY
restitution to their victims.
• That’s JUSTICE THAT WORKS.
Every person justly sentenced to life in prison without
possibility of parole since 1977 is still locked up or has died
in prison. Life without possibility of parole works and ensures
we will NEVER EXECUTE AN INNOCENT PERSON in
“The death penalty doesn’t make us safer—better crime-solving
does.”—Former Attorney General John Van de Kamp
“I am troubled by cases like Willingham’s—of innocent people
who may have been executed. I support 34 because it guarantees
we will never execute an innocent person in California.”
—Bishop Flores, San Diego Diocese
Vote YES on 34.
GIL GARCETTI, District Attorney
Los Angeles County, 1992–2000
JEANNE WOODFORD, Warden
California’s Death Row prison, 1999–2004
JENNIFER A. WAGGONER, President
League of Women Voters of California
Rebuttal by No on Proposition 34
- October 01, 2012 11:47 AM
JERRY BROWN SAYS THERE ARE NO INNOCENT
INMATES ON CALIFORNIA’S DEATH ROW.—San Francisco
Yes on 34 is so desperate that they’ll say anything to get your
vote. PUBLIC OPINION POLLS SHOW OVERWHELMING
SUPPORT FOR THE DEATH PENALTY, SO THEY
PURPOSELY USE MISLEADING TERMS LIKE
INNOCENCE, SOLVING CRIMES AND SAVING MONEY.
Don’t be fooled.
“PROP. 34 TAKES $100 MILLION FROM CALIFORNIA’S
GENERAL FUND. PROPONENTS’ CLAIMS THAT THE
MONEY COMES FROM ALLEGED SAVINGS IS FALSE.
Furthermore, Prop. 34 will cost taxpayers millions more annually
by guaranteeing murderers lifetime housing and healthcare
benefits.”—Mike Genest, 2005–2009 California Finance Director.
Prop. 34 supporters can’t defend their initiative. Instead, they
Prop. 34’s so-called “work requirement?” Making killers take PE
classes meets it.
Exonerated Franky Carrillo . . . He never got a death
There’s no “California’s Death Row prison.” It’s San Quentin.
Voters are smart and know Prop. 34 supporters have been
working for decades to eliminate capital punishment. THEY ARE
NOT TAXPAYER WATCHDOGS—just the opposite. THEY
MAKE JUSTICE MORE EXPENSIVE.
“Prop. 34 punishes families of those who suffered horrific deaths
by condemned killers. That’s why EVERY MAJOR CALIFORNIA
LAW ENFORCEMENT ORGANIZATION OPPOSES
PROP. 34.”—Scott Seaman, President, California Police Chiefs
DON’T LET GUILTY MURDERERS WIN. Scott Peterson
callously murdered his wife Laci and their unborn son. He earned
his death sentence. LACI WAS INNOCENT. BABY CONNER
Remember the victims, including 43 police officers murdered
protecting us. Stand up for a safer California.
Vote NO on 34.
CARL V. ADAMS, President
California District Attorneys Association
Family Executed by Los Angeles Gang Member
RON COTTINGHAM, President
Peace Officers Research Association of California
No on Proposition 34
California is broke. Abolishing the death penalty costs
taxpayers $100 MILLION OVER THE NEXT FOUR YEARS
AND MANY MILLIONS MORE IN THE FUTURE. Instead
of justice, killers get lifetime housing/healthcare benefits.
PROP. 34 ISN’T ABOUT SAVING MONEY. It’s about the
ACLU’s agenda to weaken public safety laws. They’re desperate to
convince you that saving murderers from justice is justified. Or, if
you don’t believe that, they claim it saves money!
THE ACLU’S EFFORTS ARE INDEFENSIBLE, CRUEL
TO LOVED ONES OF VICTIMS, MISLEADING AND
INSULTING TO VOTERS AND DANGEROUS FOR
Prop. 34 lets serial killers, cop killers, child killers, and those
who kill the elderly, escape justice. Proponents don’t acknowledge
that when California’s death penalty was eliminated before,
condemned criminals were released only to rape and kill again!
Voters had to restore capital punishment to restore justice.
HERE ARE THE FACTS. The death penalty is given to less
than 2% of murderers whose crimes are so shocking that juries of
law-abiding citizens unanimously delivered the sentence.
Richard Allen Davis: kidnapped, raped and murdered
12-year-old Polly Klaas.
Richard “The Night Stalker” Ramirez: kidnapped, raped,
tortured and mutilated 14 people and terrorized 11 more
including children and senior citizens.
Gang Member Ramon Sandoval: ambushed and shot Police
Officers Daryle Black (a former U.S. Marine) and Rick Delfin
with an AK-47, killing Black, shooting Delfin in the head and
wounding a pregnant woman.
Serial killer Robert Rhoades, a child rapist, kidnapped 8-yearold Michael Lyons. Rhoades raped and tortured Michael for
10 hours, stabbing him 70 times before slitting his throat and
dumping his body in a river.
Alexander Hamilton: executed Police Officer Larry Lasater
(a Marine combat veteran). Lasater’s wife was seven months
pregnant at the time.
Capital murder victims include:
43 POLICE OFFICERS
THE ACLU IS THE PROBLEM: They claim the death
penalty is broken and expensive. What hypocrisy! It’s the ACLU
and supporters who have disrupted fair implementation of the
law with endless delays. Other states including Ohio and Arizona
give criminals full rights and fairly enforce the death penalty.
California can too.
PLAYING POLITICS: Marketing Prop. 34, supporters make
cost claims based on newspaper articles and “studies” written by
the ACLU or other death penalty opponents.
Department of Corrections data suggests abolishing capital
punishment will result in increased long-term costs in the tens of
millions, just for housing/healthcare. Taxpayers will spend at least
$50,000 annually to care for each convicted killer who didn’t think
twice about killing innocent children, cops, mothers and fathers.
DO YOU THINK GIVING VICIOUS KILLERS LIFETIME
HOUSING AND HEALTHCARE BENEFITS SAVES
MONEY? OF COURSE NOT!
THAT’S THE SECRET PROP. 34 PROPONENTS DON’T
WANT YOU TO KNOW. It’s not about money . . . it’s about
their political agenda.
Prosecutors, cops, crime victims and community leaders across
California are urging you to vote NO on 34. Stop the ACLU.
Preserve the death penalty. Protect California.
Visit waitingforjustice.net. Please join us. Vote NO on 34.
HON. PETE WILSON
Former Governor of California
Father of 12-Year-Old Murder Victim Polly Klaas
KEITH ROYAL, President
California State Sheriffs’ Association
Rebuttal by Yes on Proposition 34
- October 01, 2012 11:47 AM
WE’LL NEVER EXECUTE AN INNOCENT PERSON with
California’s death penalty is costly and broken beyond repair.
CHECK THE FACTS:
• The impartial cost analysis in this voter guide says 34 SAVES
MILLIONS every year. Read it yourself.
• Law enforcement leaders and prosecutors found California’s
death penalty is BROKEN and COSTS MILLIONS more
each year than life in prison without parole. Read here:
• 34 ends expensive special housing, lawyers, and private cells
for death row inmates. We need those wasted tax dollars for
“There’s no chance California’s death penalty can ever be fixed.
The millions wasted on this broken system would be much better
spent keeping teachers, police and firefighters on their jobs.”
—Justice Carlos Moreno, California Supreme Court (Retired)
34 helps CATCH AND PUNISH KILLERS. It will:
• Keep heinous killers IN PRISON UNTIL THEY DIE with
NO HOPE OF EVER GETTING OUT.
• Make them WORK and PAY court-ordered victim
• Save hundreds of millions and directs $100 million to law
enforcement to solve rapes and murders. 46% of murders
and 56% of rapes GO UNSOLVED while we WASTE
MILLIONS on a handful of criminals already behind bars.
Every person justly sentenced to LIFE IN PRISON
WITHOUT POSSIBILITY OF PAROLE since 1977 REMAINS
IN PRISON OR HAS DIED IN PRISON.
Remember, evidence shows MORE THAN 100 INNOCENT
PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SENTENCED TO DEATH in the U.S.,
and some have been executed!
WE’LL NEVER EXECUTE AN INNOCENT PERSON
That’s justice that works.
Vote YES on 34.
MAYOR ANTONIO R. VILLARAIGOSA
City of Los Angeles
HON. JOHN VAN de KAMP, Attorney General
State of California, 1983–1991
JUDGE LaDORIS CORDELL (Retired)
Santa Clara County Superior Court