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City Visions: October 29, 2012
Propositions 34 and 36
On November 6, voters will have a chance to weigh in on two proposals that could have a big impact on how criminals are treated in California. Prop 34 would eliminate the death penalty and replace it with life in prison, while Prop 36 would alter California's "3 Strikes" law to impose a life sentence only when a new felony conviction is "serious or violent."
Supporters say these propositions are step towards a more cost-effective approach towards incarceration, while opponents claim that these initiatives will cause an increase in crime rates and harm public safety for Californians. City Visions takes up the debate.
Jeanne Woodford, former warden of San Quentin State Prison
George Gascon, San Francisco District Attorney
Jonathan Simon, Law Professor, UC Berkeley
Steve Wagstaffe, San Mateo District Attorney