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Debate: Proposition 34 Will Determine Fate Of Death Penalty In California

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The refurbished death chamber at San Quentin State Prison. (CBS)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — California’s Proposition 34 would replace the death penalty with life in prison without possibility of parole.

It requires every person convicted of murder to work in prison and pay restitution to the victims’ families.

Proponents say Prop. 34 will save California taxpayers $130 million per year — money now spent on trials, appeals, death-row housing and health care.

They point out that very few convicts facing the death sentence will actually be executed. Indeed, people on death row are more likely to die of natural causes.

On CBS 5 Sunday morning, Natasha Minsker, manager of the Yes on 34 campaign and San Mateo Co. district attorney Stephen Wagstaffe made the case for and against Prop. 34.

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