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EXECUTIONS. INITIATIVE STATUTE. Repeals existing statutes governing execution of prisoners sentenced to death. Enacts new statutes requiring: execution near location where the crime was committed in an area open to the public; provision by the State of facilities for press, jury and victim's family. Requires jury attendance at execution. Permits victim's family to choose method of execution, which shall be by hanging, decapitation, electrocution or by firing squad unless prisoner donates body for scientific research or organ transplant, in which case researcher or doctor determines method. Executioner must be chosen by highest bid; proceeds to offset execution cost. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local governments: This measure would result in potential one-time state costs of several million dollars for construction of death row cells at various state prisons. The measure would also result in unknown state and local government costs for conducting public executions, potentially in the hundreds of thousands of dollars per execution, with the total annual cost dependent on the number of executions occurring in a given year.
Thomas M. Hall, P.O. Box 4036, Burbank, Ca 91502
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Executions. California Initiative 544 (1991).