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Californians May Vote On Two Death Penalty Issues05:11

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A restraining device in the lethal injection chamber at San Quentin State Prison when it was unveiled to reporters in 2010. The facility has never been used. (Scott Shafer/KQED)closemore
A restraining device in the lethal injection chamber at San Quentin State Prison when it was unveiled to reporters in 2010. The facility has never been used. (Scott Shafer/KQED)

California is one of 31 U.S. states that allow capital punishment. But appeals for those on death row can take decades, and both supporters and opponents of the death penalty agree the system is broken.

As Scott Shafer of Here & Now contributor KQED reports, voters may be able to consider two measures in November: one to limit appeals and speed up executions; the other would ban the death penalty and convert existing death sentences to life in prison without parole.

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  • Scott Shafer, senior correspondent for KQED and host and reporter for The California Report. He tweets @scottshafer.
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