I believe deeply in capital punishment to the extent of writing a book about it: Capital Punishment & Catholic Social Teaching: A Tradition of Support, http://www.amazon.com/Capital-Punishment-Catholic-Social-Teaching/dp/0979167078/ref
This article from the Association of District Attorneys examines capital punishment in California.
The world contains extremely dangerous and evil people who cannot be deterred by threat of incarceration. I’m not talking about the average gang murder or robbery gone bad. I am talking about the people who rape infants to death, who kidnap, torture, rape and murder children, who target police officers in the line of duty, who kill not just one, but a half dozen or dozen or more innocent victims in serial and mass murders. These people are the reason why California still needs a death penalty.
If the punishment for one murder is life in prison, how do you punish someone for three murders or five murders? How do you deter a prisoner serving a life sentence from killing a fellow inmate or guard if there is no additional penalty? How can no-additional-punishment for additional murders be justice for victims?
You may be wondering what happened to California’s death penalty. Seventeen of the 750 inmates on death row have completed all their appeals and are eligible to be executed. So what’s the problem? The problem is that the state does not have an execution protocol. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) has not bothered to enact a new regulation so that they can resume executions after the last protocol was invalidated by a state court judge.
Despite the 2014 vote by a majority of Californians to keep the death penalty, the CDCR and the Governor’s office have effectively been nullifying the law by failing to enact a regulation by which to enforce that law. While the CDCR details the history of the death penalty on their website, they fail to acknowledge that a draft of a protocol for the single-drug method of execution that the state was requested to switch to by a Federal Court Judge has been sitting on the desk of the CDCR for over a year now, gathering dust.
It is easy to see why Governor Brown would be reluctant to put the state in a position to resume executions. With 17 inmates having exhausted all appeals, it would put Governor Brown in the awkward position of being an anti-death penalty governor who executed the most condemned inmates of any governor in state history. The Governor can’t even grant most of them clemency since the State Constitution prohibits the Governor from granting clemency to a person “twice convicted of a felony.” So, instead of carrying out the law, the Governor is asking the Legislature for $3.2 million to open nearly 100 more cells on death row.
A lawsuit filed by the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation on behalf of crime victims, Bradley Winchell and Kermit Alexander pressed the issue and led to a settlement that will hopefully put the state in a position to resume executions in a year or two. The last execution in California occurred in 2006. The settlement requires CDCR to begin promulgating an execution protocol within 120 days of the U.S. Supreme Court’s opinion in Glossip v. Gross.
Retrieved July 31, 2015 from https://laadda.com/california-only-needs-an-execution-protocol-to-carry-out-the-death-penalty/