California "Death Penalty Reform and Savings" Initiative (2014)
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Text of measure
- "Gives state appellate courts jurisdiction over death penalty appeals, before consideration by California Supreme Court. Changes procedures governing state court petitions challenging death penalty convictions and sentences. Designates superior court for initial petitions and limits successive petitions. Imposes time limits on state court death penalty review. Requires appointed attorneys who take noncapital appeals to accept death penalty appeals. Exempts prison officials from existing regulation process for developing execution methods. Authorizes death row inmate transfers among California state prisons. States death row inmates are required to work and pay victim restitution."
Fiscal impact statement:
- "Increased state costs potentially in the tens of millions of dollars annually for several years related to direct appeals and habeas corpus proceedings, with the fiscal impact on such costs being unknown in the long run. Potential state correctional savings in the tens of millions of dollars annually."
- Anna Zamora of the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California said, "This flawed proposal will only make matters worse. It will create more delays and overburden our already strained court system. Worst of all, it will greatly increase the risk that California could execute an innocent person."
Path to the ballot
- Kermit Alexander submitted a letter requesting a title and summary on December 12, 2013.
- A title and summary was issued by the Attorney General of California's office on February 10, 2014.
- 807,615 valid signatures were required for qualification purposes.
- Supporters had until July 10, 2014, to collect and submit the required number of signatures, as petition circulators are given 150 days to circulate petitions.
- The Secretary of State’s suggested signature filing deadline for the November 4, 2014, ballot was April 18, 2014. This means that if supporters had submitted enough valid signatures by July 10 but after April 18, the measure could have been pushed back as far as the next statewide general election, in November 2016.
- On May 9, 2014, supporters announced that they would hold off getting their initiative on the ballot until 2016.
- The Fesno Bee, "Death-penalty reform initiative pushed to 2016," May 10, 2014
- San Jose Mercury News, "California death penalty: Three former governors back ballot measure to hasten executions," February 13, 2014
- Al Jazeera America, "Call to speed up California’s death penalty process," February 14, 2014
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