Proposition Summary

Repeals death penalty as maximum punishment for persons found guilty of murder and replaces it with life imprisonment without possibility of parole. • Applies retroactively to persons already sentenced to death. • States that persons found guilty of murder and sentenced to life without possibility of parole must work while in prison as prescribed by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. • Increases portion of life inmates’ wages that may be applied to victim restitution. • Net ongoing reduction in state and county costs related to murder trials, legal challenges to death sentences, and prisons of around $150 million annually within a few years. This estimate could be higher or lower by tens of millions of dollars, depending on various factors.

Proposition Number




Document Type




Popular Vote Results

Y: 4824849; A: 46.3; N: 5606519; B: 53.7

Election Type

General Election

Proposition Type

Initiative Statute

For Author

JEANNE WOODFORD, Former Death Row WardenDONALD HELLER, Author of California’s Death Penalty LawBETH WEBB, Sister of Victim Murdered in 2011

Against Author

MIKE RAMOS, District Attorney of San Bernardino CountyMARC KLAAS, Father of 12-year-old Murder VictimPolly KlaasMIKE DURANT, PresidentPeace Officers Research Association of California

Rebuttal Author

MICHELE HANISEE, PresidentAssociation of Deputy District Attorneys of Los Angeles CountyMARC KLAAS, Father of 12-year-old Murder VictimPolly KlaasLAREN LEICHLITER, PresidentSan Bernardino County Deputy Sheriffs Association

Rebuttal Against Author

ROBYN BARBOUR, Grandmother was Murdered in 1994JOHN DONOHUE, Ph.D., Professor of Economics and LawStanford Law SchoolRON BRIGGS, Led Campaign to Bring the Death PenaltyBack in 1978