Statement of California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton on Proposal to Resume the Death Penalty

California hasn’t executed a person since 2006 with good reason, because the death penalty is barbaric and broken. The latest proposal* to restart executions using a new death drug is a step in the wrong direction. It does nothing to eliminate the risk of killing an innocent person or fix the unfairness of sentencing where in no one’s memory has a wealthy person been subject to the death penalty.



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