A Chance to End the Death Penalty
Last fall, I made a commitment to continue to work for justice for Troy Davis, a Georgia man who was put to death despite large amounts of doubt as to his guilt.
That is part of why I am excited that earlier this week the Savings, Accountability, and Full Enforcement for California Act (ie SAFE California Act) qualified for the November ballot. If we pass this initiative, over 700 Californians currently on death row would have their sentences converted to life without parole. Not only would this save California millions of dollars, but it would use those dollars to invest in the solving of crimes.
There are many reasons for Californians to seek an end to capital punishment in our state. Death Penalty Focus, who are much bigger experts on the issue than I am, have a top 10 list. To me, the idea that someone innocent could lose their life is abhorrent.
Not to mention that I believe that a wrong isn't made right with another wrong. I am fortunate to say that I don't know what it's like to lose a loved one to murder. But I honestly believe that if and when I do experience that tragedy, my healing won't be dependent on the death of another. I am inspired that many who have gone through the horrible experience of losing a loved one to violence feel the same way. You can read some of their stories online.
The SAFE California campaign will need lots of community involvement so that we can successfully end the death penalty in California this November. I'm going to do my best to join their efforts. Sign up with me!