Proposition Summary

Changes procedures governing state court appeals and petitions challenging death penalty convictions and sentences. • Designates superior court for initial petitions and limits successive petitions. • Establishes time frame for state court death penalty review. • Requires appointed attorneys who take noncapital appeals to accept death penalty appeals. • Exempts prison officials from existing regulation process for developing execution methods. • Authorizes death row inmate transfers among California prisons. • Increases portion of condemned inmates’ wages that may be applied to victim restitution. • States other voter approved measures related to death penalty are void if this measure receives more affirmative votes. • Unknown ongoing fiscal impact on state court costs for processing legal challenges to death sentences. • Near-term increases in state court costs— potentially in the tens of millions of dollars annually—due to an acceleration of spending to address new time lines on legal challenges to death sentences. Savings of similar amounts in future years. • Potential state prison savings that could be in the tens of millions of dollars annually.

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Popular Vote Results

Y: 5101184; A: 51; N: 4896290; B: 49

Election Type

General Election

Proposition Type

Initiative Statute

For Author

JACKIE LACEY, District Attorney of Los Angeles CountyKERMIT ALEXANDER, Family Member of Multiple HomicideVictimsSHAWN WELCH, PresidentContra Costa County Deputy Sheriffs Association

Against Author

JEANNE WOODFORD, WardenCalifornia’s Death Row prison, 1999–2004FRANCISCO CARRILLO JR., Innocent man wrongfullyconvicted in Los Angeles CountyHON. ANTONIO R. VILLARAIGOSA, MayorCity of Los Angeles, 2005–2013

Rebuttal Author

GIL GARCETTI, District AttorneyLos Angeles County, 1992–2000JUDGE LADORIS CORDELL, (Retired)Santa Clara County Superior CourtHELEN HUTCHISON, PresidentLeague of Women Voters of California

Rebuttal Against Author

ANNE MARIE SCHUBERT, District Attorney of SacramentoCountySANDY FRIEND, Mother of Murder VictimCHUCK ALEXANDER, PresidentCalifornia Correctional Peace Officers Association