Death Penalty Retained, Reform Measure Leading


Campaign is Optimistic Outstanding Tally Will Show Voters Chose to Reform the Death Penalty

SACRAMENTO, CA – Yesterday, California voters shot down Prop. 62, which would have abolished the death penalty. With the latest vote count proving very close, the Yes on 66 campaign is hopeful that the final vote total by California’s Secretary of State will show that voters have chosen to mend, not end, the state’s death penalty:

“California voters have spoken loud and clear that they want to keep the death penalty intact. This is the ninth time California voters have voted in favor of keeping the death penalty for the most heinous killers. While there are more votes yet to come in, all of us with the Yes on 66 campaign are optimistic that voters will have taken our message to heart and voted to provide crucial reforms necessary to make the death penalty work in California. I thank all of our supporters and will continue to fight for justice on behalf of victims to ensure that our death penalty works as the voters intend.”

  • Anne Marie Schubert, Sacramento County District Attorney & Co-Chair, Mend, Don’t End the Death Penalty

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