AirTalk for May 4, 2011

California kills death penalty for 2011

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A view of the California State Prison at San Quentin.

Looks like California won’t resume executions this year. Corrections officials have asked a federal judge who halted executions four years ago to wait until December before reviewing the state’s revised lethal injection procedures and its new death chamber at San Quentin State Prison. There are currently 713 condemned inmates on death row. Why is the review being delayed? Will the state’s revised three-drug execution method ever pass muster? Should California join the national trend away from seeking new executions?

Guest:

Julie Small, KPCC’s State Capital Reporter


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