The way it is now:
In California, some murder convictions can get sentences of either death, or life imprisonment with no chance of parole. Most death penalty cases last for decades. Prisoners on death row have much higher court and prison costs than people serving life sentences. Since 1978, when the death penalty was reinstated in California, 900 individuals have received death sentences. Only 14 of them have been executed.
What Prop 34 would do if it passes:
Effect on the state budget:
The state and counties would save about $130 million each year from less court activity and lower prison costs. The state would spend a total of $100 million over 4 years on the SAFE California Fund.
People for Prop 34 say (www.safecalifornia.org):
People against Prop 34 say (www.waitingforjustice.net):