Convicted criminals have a friend and advocate in Gavin Newsome, the incompetent Governor of California.
Fox News reports that California could move over 700 death row inmates to eight other facilities within the state where they will be housed with non-condemned prisoners and have access to rehabilitation and work programs.
The move giving inmates at San Quentin State Prison’s all-male death row the option to transfer to other facilities is part of a ballot initiative approved four years ago to speed up executions. It was intended to speed up executions by assigning more lawyers to death sentence appeals and shifting some appeals to trial court judges.
Former San Bernardino District Attorney Mike Ramos, co-chairman of the Proposition 66 committee that backed the measure, said transferring death row inmates was not what voters intended.
“Now to say that this murderer is going to be allowed to go to a rehabilitation program and be treated like any other low-grade inmate is a slap to the face,” said Ramos.
California hasn’t executed anyone since 2006 and Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom imposed a moratorium on the practice last year, saying it would last as long as he’s in office.
Editor’s Note: All life has value in California – unless it’s an innocent, unborn child.
“We cannot advance the death penalty in an effort to soften the blow of what happens to these victims,” Newsom said at the time. “If someone kills, we do not kill. We’re better than that.”
Democratic Assemblyman Marc Levine said it’s ironic that death penalty supporters included the provision in their bid to speed executions, but now are unhappy with the results.
“That they also voted to allow rehabilitation services is poetic justice and reveals just how broken and beyond repair the death penalty is,” he said.
Just another reason to consciously de-couple California from the rest of the nation.
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