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East Bay "Democracy for America" Meetup Message Board › Moratorium on Death Penalty Prosecutions in Alameda County

Moratorium on Death Penalty Prosecutions in Alameda County

Alex M.
Berkeley, CA
Post #: 2
It’s Time to End the Death Penalty in Alameda County.

What you don’t know about the death penalty may surprise you.

Most people are surprised to learn that Alameda County has historically been one of the most aggressive death sentencing counties in California, and has sent more people to death row than any other Northern California county.

Most people are surprised to learn that sentencing people to execution costs the county far more than permanent incarceration. One California study found that a trial seeking execution costs about $2.5 million; that is $1.65 million more than a trial seeking permanent imprisonment, also called “life without parole.”

Statewide, the California Commission for the Fair Administration of Justice has concluded that the death penalty system is broken, and increases the cost of criminal justice by at least $100 million per year. Recent polls show that a majority of Californians would prefer "life without parole" to death sentences.

Some people are also surprised to learn that since 1973, 127 people have been freed from death row in this country based on evidence that they were in fact innocent. The conviction of innocent people and other problems with the death penalty have led a majority of nations, most major religions, and now 14 states in the U.S. to reject the death penalty. The District Attorney in San Francisco has rejected the death penalty in favor of other alternatives, allowing her to invest in proven violence prevention programs.
Now that we know, what should we do?

The Alameda County Coalition for Alternatives to the Death Penalty asks organizations, religious and community groups to adopt a resolution calling for:

1) The District Attorney of Alameda County to stop pursuing the death penalty; and

2) The District Attorney and the Board of Supervisors of Alameda County to invest in solving homicides, violence prevention, and effective public safety programs.

I can provide background information and a draft resolution. The more community organizations that sign on, the sooner we can make a difference right here in Alameda County.

For more information, please visit <http://www.deathpenal...­

Alex Madonik
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