Former Tampa Bay Ray Star Avoids Death Penalty, Gets Life in California Prison

The death penalty is in the news and on many Californians’ minds these days as former Tampa Bay Rays prospect and Santiago High School baseball star Brandon Willie Martin was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole on Friday, January 29th.  Martin was the 38th player chosen in the 2011 MLB draft and was […] Read more

California Lawmakers Support Move to Ban Federal Death Penalty

California Governor Gavin Newsom suspended executions in California for as long as he remains Governor. However, he cannot repeal the death penalty. Only California voters can repeal the death penalty.  California lawmakers nonetheless continue to push to end the death penalty in California. Lawmakers also push to end the federal death penalty. New Bill Introduced […] Read more

Newsom Declares CA Death Penalty "Racist," Seeks Additional Restrictions on Implementation

 Capital punishment has been a longstanding controversy in the United States. Intended to deter criminal activity by invoking the ultimate sentence, it has come under scrutiny for its underlying discrimination against minorities. California maintains authorization for the death penalty. However,  in recent briefings, Governor Gavin Newsome (D) declared that the influence of systemic racism is […] Read more

Prosecutors to Re-Try Man Accused of Killing a Police Officer in 1983

The state of the death penalty in California has been in flux over the last decade or so as various referendums to outlaw and replace capital punishment have failed. In 2019, Gavin Newsome took matters into his own hands and an executive order establishing a moratorium on the death penalty, giving the more than 700 […] Read more

Almost half of all death row inmates are held in three states within the United States. At present, The U.S. has approximately 2628 total death row inmates. Almost half of these inmates are held in California, Florida, and Texas. As of October 7, 2020, California had 711 death row inmates. Florida currently has 346 death […] Read more