As the Director of the California Innocence Project I am all too aware of how innocent people have been wrongfully convicted in our state, and some have even been condemned to die.
Here are three ways Prop 66 will increase California’s risk of executing an innocent person:
- Prop. 66 limits the ability to present new evidence of innocence and removes other important safeguards that are in place to ensure that we don’t make a serious mistake.
- More than 150 innocent people have been sentenced to death because of poorly written laws like Prop. 66, which places unreasonable time limits on appeals and would require unqualified and inexperienced attorneys to handle complex capital cases.
- This measure is modeled after flawed laws from states like Texas where innocent people have been executed. People like Cameron Willingham. Willingham was executed in 2004 despite new evidence showing that the fire that caused the tragic death of his three daughters was actually an accident, not arson. Prop. 66 takes away protections that would have prevented his unjust execution.
Prop. 66 is a reckless experiment that will greatly increase our risk of making a fatal mistake. Justin Brooks, Executive Director of the California Innocence Project