California has more inmates on death row than any other state in the country. However, while the state seems to have no problem sentencing defendants to death, it seems to have a bit of an issue with the follow through. California has not executed a death row inmate since 2006. However, as the state prepares […] Read More

After spending 26 long years on California’s death row, Vicente Benavides has been freed. Benavides was on death row for allegedly raping and killing a 21-month-old child back in 1993. Despite his sentence, Benavides maintained that he was innocent of any wrongdoing and pursued all avenues for appeal. In March, the Supreme Court of California […] Read More

The death penalty is the most serious punishment that can be imposed in a criminal case. Since there is no way to undo or reverse an execution, it is important for the state to be certain that (1) the defendant accused of a crime is guilty and (2) execution is the most appropriate penalty under […] Read More

Another California Death Row Inmate Found Dead at San Quentin Earlier this month an inmate on death row was found dead at the San Quentin State Prison. Emilio Avalos was facing the death penalty for two Desert Hot Springs murders. He had been on death row since his conviction in 2013 and was in the […] Read More

Criminal Court

The following is a brief overview of the death penalty appeals process in California. Once a grand jury has indicted you for a capital offense you will be tried in a California State Court. This trial will consist of two phases: guilt and sentencing. The guilt phase is where your capital case is tried in […] Read More