Voters to decide
Voters in California are being given the opportunity to decide whether the death penalty should be replaced with life imprisonment with no chance of parole. There are currently 725 inmates in California who are serving the death penalty. If voters do decide to abolish the death penalty the sentences of those on death row would be changed to life imprisonment without parole and this would also be the harshest punishment that prosecutors could seek.
Savings, Accountability, and Full Enforcement for California Act
The Savings, Accountability, and Full Enforcement for California Act also known as SAFE California act proposes that if the death penalty is abolished a lot of money can be saved by the state. This is because the state assigned department that handles death penalties would be closed and the nation’s largest death row at the San Quentin State Prison would be shut down. According to the supporters of the measure around $100 million will be saved if the act passes and this money could be used to solve unsolved crimes especially murders. According to the measure most inmates serving life imprisonment without parole will also be required to find jobs within the jail, something that inmates on death row are not allowed.