Three States Reaffirm Commitment to Death Penalty
They’re not high on life without parole. Voters in Oklahoma opted to enshrine protections for the practice in their state constitution, specifying that executions can’t be deemed cruel and unusual punishment. In Nebraska, 57 percent of voters repealed a 2015 bill abolishing the death penalty. And in California, which has nearly 750 prisoners on death row, voters weighed two measures: one that would accelerate the death penalty process and one that would ban it. Despite low public opinion of state executions, the measure to abolish capital punishment is lagging behind.