SAN FRANCISCO (CBS / AP) — California voters will have a chance to decide whether to abolish the death penalty this November.

The Secretary of State’s office announced Monday that a measure qualified for the ballot that would make life in prison without parole the harshest punishment in the state.

The proposition also would convert the death sentences of 725 inmates to life prison terms.

Executions currently are suspended in California.

KCBS’ Larry Chiaroni Reports:

A federal judge halted the practice in 2006, after finding that the state’s lethal injection protocol was cruel and unusual punishment. Officials since have been working to fix the problems.

The state has executed 13 inmates since voters reinstated the death penalty in 1978. The measure directs $100 million saved from abolishing the death penalty be spent over three years investigating unsolved murders and rapes.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

Comments (2)

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Watch & Listen LIVE