Proposition 66: Death Penalty Procedures

Posted at 8:01 AM, Oct 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-16 11:01:35-04

Proposition 66 would change procedures governing state court challenges to death sentences. It would designate superior court for initial petitions and limit successive petitions, require appointed attorneys who take noncapital appeals to accept death penalty appeals and exempt prison officials from the existing regulation process for developing execution methods.

A yes vote on this measure means: Court procedures for legal challenges to death sentences would be subject to various changes, such as time limits on those challenges and revised rules to increase the number of available attorneys for those challenges. Condemned inmates could be housed at any state prison.
A no vote on this measure means: There would be no changes to the state's current court procedures for legal challenges to death sentences. The state would still be limited to housing condemned inmates only at certain state prisons.

The full text of the measure is available here. Information in this article is from the California Secretary of State.