Resolution to Replace the Death Penalty with Permanent Imprisonment
Whereas, the California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice, a bi-partisan panel of criminal justice experts, concluded that the death penalty costs California at least $125 million more annually than would the alternative permanent imprisonment, and that instituting a completely fair and just death penalty system which insures the best possible defense for the accused would more than double the current cost; and
Whereas, imposition of the death penalty without the insurance of absolute truth in evidence, without the guarantee of completeness in investigations, and without equal legal representation in defense of the accused is too vulnerable to wrongful convictions, as seen in the 70% of recent convictions in the State of California which have been overturned; and
Whereas, it has been obvious for many years and in many jurisdictions that the death penalty is no more of a deterrent on crime than permanent incarceration, and that the killing of the condemned by the state provides no more safety to the public than does permanent incarceration.
Therefore be it resolved, that the California Democratic Party supports replacing the death penalty in California with permanent imprisonment, also known as life imprisonment without possibility of parole, and
Be it further resolved, that a copy of this resolution be sent to the Governor, Attorney General, the California State Assembly Committee on Judiciary and the State Supreme Court.
Passed by LACDP 07/14/09