October 9, 2016

Prop 62

Yes on Prop 62

Repeals the Death Penalty

California’s death penalty system is broken beyond repair. Over 150 people on death row have been exonerated by DNA and other evidence – unfortunately, too late for some of them, who have already been executed.1 Prop 62 fixes the death penalty by replacing it with life without parole, guaranteeing that the state will not make this kind of irreversible mistake.

In a Nutshell
  • Repeals the death penalty in California and replaces it with life without parole.
  • Requires all persons convicted of murder to work for the rest of their life in prison and pay restitution to the family of their victim.2
  • Estimated to save $150 million annually.3
Effect on SEIU Members
  • The cost savings could be allocated for general fund use.
  • SEIU members from across the country came together at our national convention and decided this year to fight against systemic racial injustice.
SEIU California
ACLU California
Amnesty International
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders
Dolores Huerta
Los Angeles Archbishop José H. Gomez

Supporters Say4
  • The death penalty is one of the most egregious examples of racial injustice in our criminal justice system, because it involves taking away someone’s life, and research has demonstrated that bias pervades the process at every step.
  • Since 1978, California taxpayers have paid $5 billion to maintain the death penalty and death row, and executed 13 people. That’s an average cost of more than $384 million per execution.
  • Yes on Prop 62 replaces a failed death penalty system with a strict life sentence, work, and restitution – saving taxpayers $150 million per year.
California Correctional Peace Officers Association
California Association of Highway Patrolman
Opponents Say
  • The proposition would end the death penalty system when it should be mended.
  • The proposition would protect the worst criminals while diminishing protection or hurting victims.
  • The proposition would cost taxpayers millions of dollars.
For More Information:

  1. “Facts about the Death Penalty,” Death Penalty Information Center. (August 30, 2016)
  2. California Secretary of State, “California General Election November 8, 2016, Official Voter Information Guide,” accessed August 18, 2016
  3. http://voterguide.sos.ca.gov/en/propositions/62/title-summary. htm
  4. California Proposition 62, Repeal of the Death Penalty, Ballotpedia. org, accessed September 27, 2016


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