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Today on Your Call: What effect has the death penalty had in California?

On today's Your Call, we’ll talk about the history of the death penalty and the moratorium initiative on November’s ballot.  April 2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the resumption of executions in California. Since then, 13 people have been executed, costing an average of $308M each. Will California become the sixth state in the country to repeal the death penalty? Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org.  What explains the nationwide shift against the death penalty?  It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and You.


Ana Zamora, program director at Death Penalty Focus and the Assistant Campaign Manager of the SAFE California Campaign to replace the death penalty with life in prison without parole. 

Michael Kroll, served as the first director of the Death Penalty Information Center in D.C., and a playwright whose play "Just Like a Dog" was inspired by his witnessing of an execution in California

Deldelp Medina, the Northern California outreach coordinator for California Crime Victims for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, and a spokesperson for the SAFE California campaign; her aunt was murdered by her own son, Ms. Medina's first cousin. 


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WTNH: Exonerated man weighs in on death penalty

Public News Service: Connecticut Death Penalty Move Echoes in Kentucky

Western Criminology Review: Not In My Name: An Investigation of Victims’ Family Clemency Movements and Court Appointed Closure

POLL: Should California Voters End The Death Penalty To Save Money?


Matt Martin was KALW’s general manager from 2006 through 2018. Under his leadership, KALW grew into one of the most productive and innovative stations in public radio. Programs launched at KALW during Matt’s tenure as GM include the award-winning local newsmagazine Crosscurrents, the design podcast 99% Invisible, and the Spanish-language narrative journalism program Radio Ambulante. He helped create the station’s Audio Academy, a year-long program aimed at developing new talents in public radio, and led the first broad-based strategic planning process in the station’s history.