deathpenalty xlargeCalifornia's Death Row inmates are getting older and more numerous, but they are not getting executed. A proposed change in state law, on the ballot this fall, would eliminate capital punishment altogether.

woodfordJeanne WoodfordEconomic considerations are far from the only consideration that voters should use in reconsidering the death penalty, says Jeanne Woodford, the former head Warden at San Quentin and Director of the California Department of Corrections. But she believes they do make a strong case for change.

lethal-injectionWoodford spent 26 years on the staff at San Quentin, eventually working her way up to become Director of California's Department of Corrections. She says her direct experience with death penalty in those jobs only reinforced her opposition to it.

KlaasMarc KlaasMarc Klaas, founder of the KlaasKids Foundation and the non-profit, Beyond Missing, is a staunch backer of capital punishment. It's not working very well in California right now, but with a few adjustments in the way those cases are handled, Klaas says the death penalty could be made effective again.

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