Truth, Justice, and the American Way. Is capital punishment what Superman had in mind?
This is the first legislative abolition of the death penalty since it was reinstated in 1976. Iowa and West Virginia in 1965 were the last states to vote out capital punishment.
So where is California on the issue? Fun facts:
Death Penalty? Yes
Number of Executions Since 1976? 13
Number of Executions before 1976? 709
Current Death Row Population? 660
Women on Death Row? 15
Can a defendant get death for a felony in which s/he was not responsible for the murder? Yes
Method? Choice of Injection or Gas
How is the Sentence Determined? Jury
Should California follow suit and ban capital punishment?
Photo of Florida’s Idea of Justice