NAACP Statement on the Defeat of California’s Proposition 34

(WASHINGTON)-- The NAACP released the following statement on the defeat of California’s Proposition 34, which would have abolished the death penalty in the most populous state in the nation. Today voters rejected Proposition 34 with a 52.8% to 47.2% vote:

“Today the Golden State missed a golden opportunity to advance safety and justice,” said NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. “We must redouble our efforts to ensure that an innocent person is never again put to death, and to shift scarce resources away from killing killers we have already caught to catching killers who continue to terrorize our communities.”

“This is a disappointing outcome,” said NAACP California State Conference President Alice Huffman. “But we will continue the fight for a better and more effective system of justice. I know that Californians are interested in finding a humane alternative to capital punishment that works to deter crime, reduce violence and keep our communities safe.”

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.

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