This November voters in California will officially have the opportunity to decide whether the death penalty should continue to be enforced. The measure does have one notable supporter: Governor Jerry Brown. The state’s leader announced he was pleased it had qualified for the ballot, but he avoided saying how exactly he would vote.
Brown stated, “I think it gives people a chance to express themselves on a very, very important issue, so yeah, sure, I think it will be a good thing. Just like I think it's a good thing that people get a chance to vote on taxes. Death and taxes are things we can't avoid, so it's good that people get to weigh in occasionally. […] I'm not going to get into a death penalty discussion in May.”
If voters approve the ballot measure, the death penalty will be replaced with life sentences. Supporters contend it will save the state millions.
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