Measure to repeal death penalty voted down

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SACRAMENTO – A ballot measure to repeal the California death penalty was defeated Tuesday, yet voters passed a proposition that amends and expedites it.

Proposition 62 would have repealed the death penalty, while Proposition 66 changes rules around the legal system regarding the death penalty, with the intent of speeding up the time line from conviction to execution.

Proposition 66 won the approval of 50.9 percent of voters.

The outcome reflects similar findings by a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll, which found California residents, like the nation, remain very much divided on capital punishment, even as public opinion has shifted against the practice over the last 40 years, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Nearly 750 inmates are on death row in California. There’s an  interactive database to learn about who the inmates are and their crimes.

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