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Ballot Measure Pushed To Abolish Death Penalty In Calif.

The gas chamber at San Quentin State Prison.

Credit: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Above: The gas chamber at San Quentin State Prison.

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Organizers of the SAFE California campaign say they believe voters are ready to abolish the death penalty and replace it with life in prison without the possibility of parole. The Campaign to collect signatures to place an anti-death penalty initiative on the 2012 ballot was launched across the state, including here in San Diego, today. The initiative is aimed not so much toward saving lives, as redirecting millions spent on death penalty cases to solving more crimes.

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