California Proposition 34, the End the Death Penalty Initiative

Father Chris Ponnet, pastor of St. Camillus Center for Spiritual Care, also cited the need to emphasize respect for all life.
“As we prepare for the next steps toward abolition [of the death penalty], the victim stories who seek not execution but reconciliation needs to be heard more and more,” he said. “The Church needs to continue to speak as a Respect Life Church from this consistent perspective that all violence is contrary to Gospel values.”

Despite defeat, Prop. 34 backers are encouraged by vote, from The Tidings
An evening of dialogue on the death penalty, from