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The Future of the Death Penalty in California and Beyond: A Panel Discussion

Event Date: 
Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Future of the Death Penalty in California and Beyond: A Panel Discussion

On November 6, California voters will once again have a chance to alter the state’s death penalty laws, as they have periodically done over the past 40 years. This time, however, voters get to decide whether to abolish capital punishment in the state. The ballot measure, the SAFE California Act, will replace the death penalty with the sentence of life without the possibility of parole as the maximum punishment for murder in the state, and will use the cost savings generated to fund increased law enforcement.
This panel, comprised of leading death penalty scholars and esteemed legal practitioners, will discuss what this measure—together with a number of other abolition efforts happening around the country—tell us about the status of the death penalty in our state and our nation.

Chair: Mona Lynch (UC Irvine, Criminology, Law and Society)
Panelist: Jordan Steiker (University of Texas School of Law)
Panelist: Judge Arthur Alarcon (9th Circuit Court of Appeals)
Panelist: Paula Mitchell (9th Circuit Court of Appeals/Loyola Law School)
Discussant/Respondent: Erwin Chemerinsky (UC Irvine, School of Law)

Due to technical issues please use both links below for the live recording, please use the TV screen options on the right to adjust the size of the "live" screen:

First ten minutes of recording

Remainder of recording