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California Death Penalty Reform Proponents Submit Signatures to Qualify for November Ballot

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                    Contact:     Rachel Smith
May 19, 2016                                                  949-241-9785    

California Death Penalty Reform Proponents Submit Signatures to Qualify for November Ballot

SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 19, 2016 – The Californians for Death Penalty Reform and Savings campaign submitted 593,000 total signatures across the state’s 58 counties today to qualify the initiative for the November ballot.

California currently requires 365,880 valid signatures to qualify a statutory ballot measure.

Press conferences are being held today in ten major cities throughout the state with speeches from local District Attorneys, law enforcement officials, crime victim advocates, and community leaders.

The Death Penalty Reform and Savings Act seeks to reform California’s death penalty laws so they can be fairly and appropriately applied in the most heinous of crimes. The initiative will help keep Californians safe and ensure justice for murdered victims and their families. At the same time, the measure will save taxpayers millions of dollars per year while maintaining due process protections for those sentenced to death.

The initiative’s proponent, former NFL player Kermit Alexander, will speak this afternoon in Riverside today about his thirty year effort to seek justice for his mothers, sister and two nephews who were murdered in 1984.

“Justice is not easy, and it is certainly not gentle. But justice denied is not justice,” says Alexander.

“We the people of California have consecutively and systematically voted to reinstate and preserve the use of capital punishment despite the efforts of those who refuse to carry out an execution.”

Death row inmates have murdered over 1000 victims, including 226 children and 43 police officers; 294 victims were raped and/or tortured before being killed. California’s death row includes serial killers, cop killers, child killers, mass murderers, and hate crime killers.

The California Death Penalty Reform and Savings Act of 2016 was introduced on October 20, 2015 and will ensure justice for both victims and defendants by:

  • Expanding the pool of available defense attorneys so death penalty appeals can proceed quickly.
  • Requiring that a defendant who is sentenced to death is appointed a lawyer at the time of sentence, rather than waiting for years just to get a lawyer.
  • Allowing the Department of Corrections to house condemned inmates in less costly housing with fewer special privileges while still maintaining strong security.
  • Requiring that condemned inmates work and pay restitution to victims.
  • Allowing the Department of Corrections to enact an execution protocol without having to reply to every question or suggestion by any citizen who sends them a letter.
  • Giving the California Supreme Court oversight over the state agency that manages death penalty appeals.

Each County will transmit a raw count of signatures to the California Secretary of State and then proceed to verify either a full count of signatures in their county or a random sample.

More stories about victims and current death row inmates, please visit:

http://www.deathpenaltyreform.com/dealthpenalty-12pg/

www.deathpenaltyreform.com

For more information on the press conferences and speakers, contact Rachel Smith.

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San Bernardino County DA Mike Ramos in Today’s Flash Report

Check out this article featured today on the Flash Report written by San Bernardino County DA Mike Ramos. Ramos provides a great snapshot of what our initiative is about and the importance of qualifying for this November’s ballot.

Mend, Don’t End, California’s Death Penalty

Sacramento County DA Anne-Marie Schubert on the John McGinness Show- KFBK 1530AM- Thursday April 21st 3pm – 4pm

Sacramento County DA Anne-Marie Schubert will be on the John McGinness Show- KFBK 1530AM- TODAY Thursday April 21st from 3pm – 4pm. During this broadcast, our campaign will have multiple petition signing locations across the Greater Sacramento Area as we get closer to our signature turn in deadline to qualify our measure for the November ballot! Below is a complete list of spots you can stop and sign a petition at! Look for our volunteers with balloons and brightly colored clothing out front of these shopping centers and buildings.

Email us at info@deathpenaltyreform.com or call us at 800-372-6417 if you would like to sign a petition or have questions about this afternoon’s effort.

Rocklin
In front of the UPS store next to Bel Air in the business center with Taco Bell on the corner of Sunset Blvd and Rocklin Rd.
2365 Sunset Blvd, Rocklin, CA 95765

Roseville
Guysf For Lunch in Roseville
1249 Pleasant Grove Blvd, Roseville, CA 95678

Sacramento 
Target on Riverside in Downtown Sacramento (Riverside and Broadway)
2505 Riverside Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95818

Sacramento  
In front of Post Office on Arden Way
2801 Arden Way, Sacramento, CA 95825

Sacramento 
In front of Post Office in Carmichael
6929 Fair Oaks Blvd, Carmichael, CA 95608

Woodland
In a parking lot at Main and West in Woodland. It is a multi-business retail area that includes a Dutch Brothers in the parking lot.
1332 E Main St. Woodland, CA

West Sacramento  
Outside Nugget shopping center- on Jefferson Street side.
2000 Town Center Plaza, West Sacramento, CA 95691

Stockton
At the Lincoln Shopping Center- outside the Traders Joe’s
6535 Pacific Ave, Stockton, CA 95207

Yuba City  
Cupcake Magic
728 Plumas St. Yuba City (near Yuba County and Sutter County line)

El Dorado Hills
El Dorado Hills Town Center- out front of the main parking lot entrance.
4364 Town Center Blvd. El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

San Bernardino County DA Mike Ramos on the John and Ken Show/KFI-AM 640

Missed the John and Ken show with San Bernardino DA Mike Ramos? You can listen here: http://www.kfiam640.com/media/play/26880996/

Thank you, again, to all those volunteering yesterday during our radio segments in Northern and Southern CA, helping us collect signatures to get qualified for the Nov ballot. You can continue to help the effort by requesting a petition on our website here: http://deathpenaltyreform.com/send-me-a-petition/

We are pushing hard all month so share this with friends, family, colleagues, etc. and help spread the word!

Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey on Free Fire Radio/KCNR 1460 AM-Redding This Morning

Missed this morning’s radio segment with Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey on Free Fire Radio/KCNR 1460 AM in Redding?

You can listen here online: http://www.kcnr1460.com/…/Fr…/Free_Fire_Radio_2016-04-05.mp3

Petition Effort During John and Ken Show- List of Sites in LA Basin for Signing a Petition

One of our campaign’s Executive Committee Members, San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos, will be  on the John and Ken Show (KFI 640AM) on Tuesday, April 5th from 4:00pm – 5:00pm. Below is a list of sites our volunteers will be stationed to collect signatures during the radio segment to help the Californians For Death Penalty initiative qualify for the November ballot. Near one of these areas between 4pm and 5pm on Tues. April 5th? Pull off the freeway and stop by to sign our petition!

Los Angeles County

  • Pelaconi Park 1000 Grand View Glendale, CA 91201 (1/2 block from San Fernando Rd, exit San Fernando Rd. off the 134 or take the Western exit off Interstate 5) Click here to view a map
  • Starbucks on East Colorado Blvd called the Paseo Colorado (two blocks from 210 and 110, in central Pasadena) Click here to view a map
  • 7th and Fig in Downtown Los Angeles (located at a retail center that includes Morton’s The Steakhouse, Starbucks and Target) Click here to view a map
  • South Bay Galleria Mall (North of the 405 exit/ northside of the freeway. Located in parking lot near first traffic light (near the corner of South Bay Galleria mall that is close to the 405), Click here to view a map

  • Los Cerritos Center, 500 Los Cerritos Center, Cerrito, CA90701 Click here to view a map

Ventura County

Riverside County

  • In front of Metrolink station (La Sierra exit off of the 91 eastbound, exit and make a right, go to the first light, make a left- in front of Metro Link station) Click here to view a map

San Bernardino County

  • Montclair Place, 5060 E. Montclair Plaza Lane, Montclair, CA 91763 (in between Ontario and Fontana, near 10 and 15 interchange) Click here to view a map

Orange County

The Unfolding Campaign to Save the Death Penalty

The Marshall Project by MAURICE CHAMMAH

For the Full Story Click HERE

It Shouldn’t Take 30 Years to Execute a Convicted Cold Blooded Killer in California

By Kermit Alexander-Nov 13, 2015

The Death Penalty is not an easy topic to discuss. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we lived in a perfect world where we did not have to worry about protecting our family and loved ones from evil? However, we do!

For the Full Story Click HERE

SF Chronicle-Kermit Alexander’s life sentence

By Debra J. Saunders November 13, 2015

Former San Francisco 49ers star Kermit Alexander is death penalty opponents’ worst nightmare. Foes of the death penalty argue that the criminal justice system is skewed against African Americans and that prosecutors are less likely to seek the death penalty when victims are black. Alexander is an African American who grew up in the projects of Los Angeles. So were the four members of his family slain in a 1984 contract killing gone wrong. He has watched the three black men convicted for the murders try to escape responsibility for their crimes. In prison Darren Williams — the Rolling 60s Crips gang member in charge of the contract hit to kill a disabled woman who lived two doors down the street — has his own website, Free Darren Williams, with a link, “Black Lives Matter.”

 “Black lives matter,” Alexander, 74, repeated as I spoke with him and his wife, Tami, recently, “What about my family? They didn’t matter.”

Now Alexander is on a crusade. It has been almost three decades since Tiequon Cox, one of three men convicted for the killings, was sentenced to death. As one of 19 San Quentin death row inmates to have exhausted all of his appeals, Cox should be among the first inmates to be executed — when and if California resumes lethal injection. Toward that end, Alexander sued the state to propose a one-drug protocol likely to pass muster in federal court. This month the state complied. He also is behind a ballot measure to expedite a moribund appellate process.

For full Story click HERE

LA Times-Federal appeals court upholds California’s death penalty review

By Maura Dolan and Joseph Serna

Read the Entire Article HERE

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