Crime & Justice

DAs, police, family of slain push for faster death penalty executions

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California prosecutors, police officers and family members of murder victims have launched a campaign to speed up executions for murderers sentenced to death.

Members of the group said Friday that the death penalty reform initiative is aimed at the inefficient process that has left hundreds of killers languishing on death row for decades.

San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos says voters who rejected a ballot measure to eliminate the death penalty in 2012 showed they support the punishment.

Ramos says appointing appeals lawyers to the process and other proposed reforms could shorten the time from conviction to execution from as long as 30 years to 10 to 15 years. The initiative is likely to duel with another proposed ballot measure that seeks to abolish capital punishment.