The Madeleine Brand Show for June 21, 2011

California's death penalty costly and ineffective

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AP Photo/Eric Risberg

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

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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