Proposition 36 would not only reserve life sentences for violent and serious felonies, it would also allow those serving life sentences for non-violent, non-serious felonies to apply for re-sentencing provided they have already served twice the normal sentence for their current crime. In order to be approved for re-sentencing, each person would have to demonstrate to a judge they are not a current danger to society.
William (Mike) Dennis has been on San Quentin's death row for 24 years, and on North Segregation for 17 years. He spoke with KALW’s Nancy Mullane on Monday, November 5 by phone about the climate inside the prison, as inmates anticipate the outcome of tomorrow’s vote on Proposition 34.
We conclude our series in partnership with New America Media, delving into the issues California’s ethnic voters care most about this year, with a look at the politics of Korean Americans. California is home to 451,000 Korean Americans. The biggest community is in LA, but a sizable number are here in the Bay Area, with the highest concentrations in Santa Clara and Alameda Counties. So what’s this community talking about one week ahead of the elections? KALW’s Hana Baba spoke with Won Yi, a talk show host on Korean television KEMS TV in San Jose.