The Equal Justice Society is deeply committed to racial justice and preserving human dignity for all people. Consistent with these commitments, we have joined the fight to help stop executions in California, and we encourage you to join us.
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) recently released new regulations on its lethal injection process – a first step towards resuming executions in our state.
No one has been executed in California for more than three years. Unfortunately, the new CDCR regulations will not only re-engage the machinery of death, but they also contain several provisions that fail to preserve the dignity of prisoners and their families. For instance:
- The regulations do not provide non-Christian inmates equal access to their spiritual advisors or permission to conduct the end-of-life rituals necessary to obtain peace of mind before their deaths;
- The regulations do not provide adequate resources for non-Native English speaking inmates and their families that would guarantee full understanding of the process by which the inmate’s life will be taken;
- The regulations unduly limit the media’s access to information about executions, and do not provide for notice to ethnic or non-mainstream media outlets;
- Finally, the CDCR has refused to disclose how much the implementation of its new regulations will cost the state (despite that this information is required by law). In this time of fiscal crisis, the public has a right to know how many millions of dollars these executions will cost.
The new regulations are currently open for public comment and the CDCR is required to satisfactorily respond to each and every relevant comment prior to implementation. Click here for a summary of the regulations and information about how to submit comments.
Additionally, on Tuesday, June 30, a public hearing on the new CDCR regulations will take place as part of a Day of Action to End the Death Penalty.
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