Proposition 62: Put An End to the Death Penalty
For years, sentencing a criminal to the death penalty has long been considered the “proper” thing to do, especially if the crimes committed were violent and heinous. But the reality is that, at least here in California, death sentencing is equated to no more than telling a disobedient child what they did was wrong and then not disciplining them. The result? The death penalty is not a penalty at all, but it is a safe haven for disgusting, violent criminals who wish to live the rest of their lives in comfortable cells knowing all too well that the government doesn’t have the guts to put them to death.
It is pathetic. And it is about time the voters were given the option to do something about. Proposition 62 in California repeals the failed system of the death penalty, completely eliminating it as an option, and replacing it with a life-sentence in prison without the possibility of parole.
Why is this so important? There are three major reasons:
The Death Penalty Does Not Work
When comparing the two penalties, a life-sentence is much more effective than a death sentence. The American Civil Liberties Union stated it correctly when they explain that “The facts prove that life in prison without the possibility of parole (LWOP) is swift, severe, and certain punishment…” Why is this the case? Because no one gets killed on death row. And conditions on death row are more comfortable than if you were sentenced to life. Some prisoners have even requested to be sentenced to death! If that happens, you know we have a problem. It has also been proven that the death penalty has in no way deterred crime for decades. Its purpose has deteriorated to nothing but a waste of taxpayer dollars.
Death Penalty Costs Too Much
California alone spends $184 million a year on the death penalty. And for what? Absolutely nothing. No one gets killed. Which means the purpose of the death penalty is completely undermined and flushes millions of taxpayer dollars down the drain.
Death Penalty Destroys Values and Principles
The death penalty in California is not only a practical failure, but it is a principle failure, which is much worse. What are we displaying when our government sentences heinous criminals to death row and then completely ignores it? Criminals going on death row are kidnappers, torturers, murderers, and rapists. The vilest of human beings are who goes on death row. And California’s response is to forget it and put them on death row where they live in better conditions than if they were on a life sentence? That destroys our value of human life, and undermines our justice system in an embarrassing way.
Not just conservatives, but everyone needs to vote YES on Prop. 62. To preserve the principles that life should be of utmost importance in our state, and that serving proper justice to those who kill the innocent remains, we must vote YES on Prop. 62. It is time the death penalty is put to death.