California Death Penalty Case Study

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for and 52.8% against repealing the law. As a result, California’s death penalty system has become backlogged and many offenders continue to wither away on death row. Something to bear in mind is the fact that just because a state has a capital punishment law on the books, doesn’t necessarily mean that the condemned will be executed soon after conviction. As already discussed, multiple trials, appeals, and petitions will delay the process, which will likely result in years, sometimes decades before the convicted is ever executed, if at all. Sometimes an offender dies on death row before he ever receives an execution date.
The ‘worst of the worst’
So, what do we do with the ‘worst of the worst’? Is there a chance of rehabilitation? Have they

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