Capital punishment continues to be a controversial topic in California. Recent efforts to repeal the death penalty failed. In 2012, California voters went to the polls to decide the fate of Prop 34, which if successful, would have repealed Proposition 17.

Prop 34, launched by a coalition of wrongfully convicted people, law enforcement officials, and the surviving family members of murder victims, was also known as SAFE California (“Savings, Accountability, and Full Enforcement for California Act”). They explained their coalition the following way:

Prop. 34 is a broad coalition of diverse individuals and justice organizations from across the state who think it is time to replace California’s costly and broken death penalty system with life in prison with no chance of parole to ensure no innocent person is ever executed.

Despite outspending opponents 6 to 1, California voters defeated Prop 34 by 52% in 2012.

In 2016, California voters were again given the option to repeal the death penalty and replace it with LWOP (life without the possibility of parole). Prop 62, as the ballot initiative was known, was defeated by 54% of the vote. 

This site is a joint venture between various California based attorneys to bring attention and awareness to the death penalty in California. We strive to present useful information that will allow our readers to draw their own conclusions. Our legal team has over 35 years of legal experience. We are former prosecutors and public defenders, and our lead attorney has tried several death penalty cases throughout his career.