Ending California’s Death Penalty to Solve More Crimes

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Jeanne Woodford: By replacing the death penalty, California will free up much-needed funds for DNA testing and other vital tools needed to tackle the shocking 46% of murder and 56% of reported rape cases that remain unsolved in our state every year, on average.

Replacing the Death Penalty

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Andy Love: Being on the front lines, capital defense practitioners have experienced first hand the unfairness, arbitrariness and unreliability of California’s capital punishment scheme.

Dr. King’s Stance Against the Death Penalty

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David A. Love: Executions in the U.S. are part of a racially-coded system of retribution. Poor people and members of racial minorities are more likely to receive a death sentence, as are those who are charged with murdering a white victim.

Death Penalty: R.I.P. Gary Welch

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Andy Love: Three weeks ago, Welch attempted to kill himself by slashing his neck. He was quickly taken to the hospital by prison guards and was closely monitored thereafter.

From The Editors: Four New Ways to Engage Our Readers

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Dick Price: Sharon and I are reminded of the various methods we have taken to engage our readers. Here, I thought I’d tell you about three new features we unveiled — and one we’ve revitalized — in the waning weeks of 2011:

Poster Child For California’s Broken Death Penalty

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Andy Love: Three trials. Three state appeals. Three state habeas corpus petitions. One round of federal habeas proceedings. Thirty-two years under sentence of death only to die of a heart attack. This is madness.

Death Penalty: R.I.P. Paul Rhoades

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Andy Love: In a sworn statement in support of clemency, a psychiatrist noted that “Rhoades’ genetic and social history created a perfect storm of risk factors for drug addiction.”