Oregonians for Alternatives supports and applauds the announcement by California Taxpayers for Sentencing Reform that it is launch a signature campaign for a November 2016 ballot initiative to end the state’s dysfunctional and costly death penalty system. The coalition that includes conservatives, liberals, law enforcement, religious leaders, and victims’ families made the announcement on Dec. 14th. California, like Oregon, requires a vote of the people to repeal their death penalty. The measure, titled The Justice That Works Act of 2016, ensures that perpetrators of heinous crimes can be sentenced to life-in-prison-without-the-possibility-of-parole, with a provision that requires them to work in prison and forward most of their wages to families of victims. Last month, California’s Legislative Analyst’s Office and the Office of the Attorney General declared the initiative would save the state $150 million a year by replacing the death penalty with life without the possibility of parole. OADP encourages our members to support efforts of the California coalition. We ask you reach to out to friends and relatives in California urging them to sign the petition and support the effort. A victory in California will add greatly to momentum building in Oregon in recent years this is certainly a “smart on crime” move by our neighbor to the south. If California residents want to help with the campaign, they can go to www.justicethatworks.org
where there’s a message box to sign up as volunteer signature gatherer.