This year's propositions in California include some interesting crime and punishment issues.
Proposition 34 would repeal the death penalty in California and replaces it with life in prison without parole. It would apply retroactively to existing death penalty cases. The essential question here is, does the death penalty work as a deterrent to crime? Arguments in favor of Prop 34 include the fact that innocent people will no longer get accidentally killed in the death chamber and that the costs of taking a death penalty case to court are high. Opponents of the measure argue that the punishment needs to fit the crime and that it costs $50,000 a year to keep criminals in jail.
Would you vote yes or no on Proposition 34 and why?
Link to Proposition 34
Prop 35 would increase prison sentences and fines for human trafficking convictions from five years to 15 years to life and adds fines of up to $1.5 million. It would also register human traffickers as sex offenders. Supporters argue that we need stronger laws to crack down on human trafficking while opponents say it is a violation of privacy and is an example of big government and is expensive to enforce.
Would you vote yes or no on proposition 35 and why?
Link to Prop 35