October 9, 2016

Prop 66


Removes Death Penalty Safeguards

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 66 aims to accelerate executions by removing Constitutional protections2 and making California’s law more like Texas’.

In a Nutshell
  • Requires faster executions with a hard deadline.
  • Removes Constitutional protections to prevent the execution of innocent people.
  • Requires inexperienced attorneys to take on complex capital punishment cases.
Effect on SEIU Members
  • SEIU members from across the country came together at our national convention and decided this year to fight against systemic racial injustice. This measure will increase racial injustice.
California District Attorneys Association
California Association of Highway Patrolman

Supporters Say4
  • Prop 66 would keep the death penalty system, which California needs.
  • Prop 66 would mean that the worst criminals receive the strongest sentence.
  • Prop 66 would provide closure to victims’ families.
SEIU California
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom
ACLU of California
California Democratic Party
Libertarian Party of California

Opponents Say
  • Prop 66 would increase California’s risk of executing an innocent person, and would remove important legal safeguards.
  • The proposition would cost taxpayers millions of dollars unnecessarily, due to increased prison spending, legal defense, death row facility construction, and litigation.
  • The proposition is poorly written and confusing.
For More Information:

  1. Facts about the Death Penalty,” Death Penalty Information Center. (August 30, 2016)
  2. California Proposition 66, Death Penalty Procedures, Ballotpedia. org, accessed September 27, 2016

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