Too often we do not know the depth of detail involved in the sentence of death when we call for abolition, so this great public service story by the Los Angeles Times, profiling all 749 individuals currently housed in California’s death row, is a must read.

An excerpt.

That’s the question facing Californians at the voting booth. A yes vote on Proposition 62 would end the death penalty and change sentences to life without parole. A yes vote on Proposition 66 would speed up the legal process leading to an execution. The state hasn’t executed a prisoner in a decade. Thirteen men have been put to death since the death penalty was restored here in 1978.

Here’s a look at the 728 men and 21 women currently on death row.