Report: California’s Death Penalty ‘Close to Collapse’

By | July 1, 2008

Report Californias Death Penalty Close to Collapse

California’s 30-year-old death penalty, which costs more than $100 million annually to administer, is “close to collapse,” according to a new report issued Monday.

The California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice, appointed by the state Legislature to propose criminal justice reforms, issued a 117-page report detailing a deeply flawed death penalty system that has the biggest backlog of cases in the nation.

The commission stopped short of calling for the abolition of the state’s death penalty, but did note that California would save hundreds of millions of dollars throughout the criminal justice system if capital punishment were eliminated. It said most condemned inmates are essentially given life sentences because so few executions are carried out.

The commission blamed inadequate legal representation, a broad death penalty law that makes nearly all first-degree murder cases eligible for the death penalty and a host of other issues that has made California capital punishment system “dysfunctional.”

“It is the law in name only, and not in reality,” the report stated. – fox

Good. Stop killing people. Just give them the brain surgery they need. Fix their behavior with a few brain nanobots … then we can let them out so they can do useful jobs for society. Reprogramming damaged brains is the wave of the future.

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