Nearly 800,000 Signatures Submitted to Qualify Death Penalty Initiative for November Ballot

Supporters should know by mid-April if the initative abolishing the death penalty in California qualifies for the November ballot. Almost 800 thousand signatures were recently submitted for verification. Campaign Manager Natasha Minsker says life in prison without the possibillity of parole is actually harsher than the death penalty. She says the measure also forces inmates to work and the money is then sent to local law enforcement to help fight crime. Critics say two thirds of Californians still support the death penalty and it serves as a deterrent to violent crime. Minsker says when New York abolished the death penalty 5 years ago, prison costs there went down.

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