Getting rid of the death penalty makes economic sense simply because it's very expensive for taxpayers.
California voters will decide in November whether to abolish the death penalty. Proponents of an initiative called the SAFE California Act of 2012 announced Monday they had gathered more than enough petition signatures to qualify for the November ballot. They expect Secretary of State Deborah Bowen to certify the measure this week. Jeanne Woodford, former warden of San Quentin State Prison, noted California has spent billions since 1978 building the nation's largest death penalty system, yet has executed just 13 people in 30 years.
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