The Madeleine Brand Show

The Madeleine Brand Show is a daily, two-hour program that looks at news and culture through the lens of Southern California. Hosted by Madeleine Brand

California's death penalty costly and ineffective

by The Madeleine Brand Show

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In this photo taken Tuesday Sept. 21, 2010, the death chamber of the new lethal injection facility at San Quentin State Prison. AP Photo/Eric Risberg

California has the most expensive and least effective death penalty law in the nation according to a new report which finds that here in California, four billion dollars in taxpayer money has been spent to maintain the system since it was reinstated more than 30 years ago. And just 13 prisoners have been executed. The report comes out in the upcoming issue of the Loyola of Los Angeles Law review. Loyola Law School Professor Laurie Levenson joins Madeleine to help break it down.

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