Is California’s death penalty and LWOP law so broad that it violates the constitution? If the the Supreme Court takes Arizona’s case and decides that does violate the constitution this could mean big changes in California.
We believe that to be constitutional, we must not define capital crimes so broadly that they give prosecutors and jurors virtually unlimited discretion to decide which murders should be punished by death. Such an approach opens the door to decisions based on politics, geography and race. Read the SF Chronicle aricle here.
Alexandra Mallick is the Executive Director of Re:store Justice. Her work in California includes policy and advocacy to advance criminal justice reform. In addition to working on legislation, she works with incarcerated individuals to help change the narrative and shine a light on the power of rehabilitation.