Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Lawmakers Hear Prop 34 Death Penalty Debate

California voters will have a choice whether to repeal the state’s death penalty law in the November election. Proposition 34 would eliminate California’s death penalty, replacing it with a sentence of permanent imprisonment without the possibility of parole. Supporters say it will save state and county money that can be used to solve and prevent crimes. Opponents say the death penalty works, or could be fixed without eliminating the controversial sentence. Supporters and opponents of Prop 34 made their case at a legislative hearing at the State Capitol. Christopher Martinez files this report from Sacramento.