source: My News LA
published: 18 June 2016
An initiative that would repeal the death penalty and replace it with life imprisonment without possibility of parole has qualified for the November ballot, Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced.
The initiative would apply retroactively to persons already sentenced to death. It would also require prisoners serving life sentences without the possibility of parole for murder to work while in prison.
What backers dubbed as the “Justice That Works Act” required valid signatures from 365,880 registered voters — 5 percent of the total votes cast for governor in the 2014 general election — to qualify for the ballot, according to Padilla.
Passage of the initiative would result in a net reduction in state and local government costs of potentially around $150 million annually within a few years, according to an analysis conducted by the Legislative Analyst’s Office and Department of Finance.
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