California Voters Set To Weigh In On State's Death Penalty

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Death row inmate Joseph Perez in a San Quentin exercise cage. He was sentenced to death for helping to kill a Contra Costa County housewife with two others in 1998. Perez denies his guilt, but is afraid he’ll die at San Quentin, if not from execution than old age. (Saul Gonzalez/KCRW)
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According to a recent Pew Research Center poll, public support for the death penalty is near a 50-year low in the United States, with just under half of Americans now supporting capital punishment.

When they go to the polls next month, Californians will have a choice between ending their state’s death penalty, or keeping it with some changes. It’s a big issue in a state that has the largest number of people on death row in the country.

Saul Gonzalez from Here & Now contributor KCRW went to California’s San Quentin Prison to talk with men on death row about life behind bars.

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Saul Gonzalez, reporter and producer at KCRW in Los Angeles. He tweets @SaulKCRW.

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