LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A former Los Angeles County district attorney is the latest — and perhaps most surprising — public official to call for an end to the death penalty for criminals in California.

Gil Garcetti, who spent 32 years in the district attorney’s office, including eight serving as the county’s top prosecutor until 2000, supports an initiative proposed for the November 2012 ballot that would replace capital punishment with life prison terms.

Garcetti told KNX 1070’s Charles Feldman that executions in California are relatively few and far between.

“We have 712 people on California’s death row,” he said. “Most of those inmates will die of natural causes in state prison without the imposition of the death penalty.”

Garcetti pointed to an estimated $125 million that the state spends every year on executions that he claimed simply are “not being done”.

When asked why he failed to push for the abolition of the death penalty while he was still D.A., Garcetti said he had seen glimmers of hope for reform during his tenure — but not anymore.

“We spent about $184 million every year simply to process, to house, to prosecute, and to keep incarcerated the people on California’s death row,” he said.

The state performed its last execution six years ago, and its future remains cloudy after doubts surfaced over the safety and humaneness of the state’s preferred lethal injection cocktail.

Comments (9)
  1. Phiilip says:

    Bring back the electric chair. 712 condemned prisoners? Better make that electric bleachers.

    1. Stryker 21 says:

      How about good ol Gil go live among the death row inmates? These people cost us the tax payer millions each year. Have a mass execution and have a mass grave site.

  2. white says:

    Firing squad would do nice.

  3. Nicolas Cruz says:

    We need to give him the chair! We need all the income he and others have received from all tax’s payers back ! These individual’s are completely incompetent !!! CRUZ-N FOR A BETTER AMERICA

  4. Smokey says:

    Why is it liberals only believe in the death penalty for unborn children??? The gas chamber worked great and sho cares if a murderer took a few moments to die and was distraught before the gas took effect.

    Phillip…Great idea for electric bleachers. Kudos.

  5. Travis Mogren says:

    I say we have like a game show.. Put the 712 deviants of society in an abandoned building with no way of exiting (kind of like their prison cell but bigger) and hide a key somewhere in the building that will open up a “super secret room” inside this “super secret room” we have alligators, snakes, bears, tigers, lions all guarding another door to what they think is safety, but in reality it’s just a door to a big gas chamber that is activated when someone comes in…

    That would be a reality show I would watch…

  6. TheWindrunner says:

    Keep the death penalty for just the nigra. Humane treatment should be reserved only for humans.

  7. Igor Doublebubblevich. says:

    Texas is executing 5 in sept. ohio is executing one within a year after being sentenced 2 weeks ago, liberal gay california has no Arizona Joe Apiaro, no texas gov. perry, just liberals.

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