Capital Punishment

Should the Death Penalty Be Abolished?
Guests: Mike Farrell, President of Death Penalty Focus, a national organization; Tara Knight,  Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy; and Steve Wagstaffe, San Mateo County District Attorney and Second Vice-President of the  California District attorneys Association.
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On today's Your Call, we’ll talk about the history of the death penalty and the moratorium initiative on November’s ballot.  April 2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the resumption of executions in California. Since then, 13 people have been executed, costing an average of $308M each. Will California become the sixth state in the country to repeal the death penalty? Join us at 10 or email  What explains the nationwide shift against the death penalty?  It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and You.

This morning at San Francisco’s City Hall, members of the SAFE California Coalition submitted signatures to the Department of Elections to put an initiative on the November ballot that would end the death penalty in California. Proponents say they gathered over 800,000 signatures, which will now be reviewed by elections officials before they’re able to send the proposal to voters. If passed, the initiative would replace capital punishment with life without the possibility of parole.