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Death Penalty Appeals And Habeas Proceedings: The California Experience, Gerald F. Uelmen Jan 2009

Death Penalty Appeals And Habeas Proceedings: The California Experience, Gerald F. Uelmen

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Despite spending more than any other state on its implementation and administration, California today is saddled with a death penalty law that can be described only as completely dysfunctional. We have the longest death row in America, with approximately 670 inmates awaiting execution. Typically, the lapse of time between sentence and execution is twenty-five years, twice the national average, and is growing wider each year. One hundred nineteen inmates have spent more than twenty years on California's death row. Most of them will certainly die before they are ever executed. Since restoration of the death penalty in 1978, the leading …