See the Stats in Paragraph Three

From the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation:

SAN QUENTIN – Condemned inmate Richard Ramirez, 53, was pronounced dead early this morning, June 7, 2013. He died of natural causes at Marin General Hospital.

Ramirez, widely known as the “Night Stalker,” was found guilty in 1989 of 13 counts of murder and numerous other counts of attempted murder, sexual assault and burglary.

Since 1978 when California reinstated capital punishment, 59 condemned inmates (including Ramirez) have died from natural causes, 22 have committed suicide, 13 have been executed in California, one was executed in Missouri; and six have died from other causes. There are 735 offenders on California’s death row.


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  1. Capitol Punishment is neither an effective deterrent nor an effective punishment and should be abolished. It is inhumane whatever the technique, and more expensive than regular incarceration. Then use the money saved to work on creating rehabilitation and educational policies that have a real chance to foster useful lives for inmates, whether or not they are released.

    Comment by JoAnn Anglin — 6.10.2013 @ 4:30 pm

  2. That’s about 15% actually being executed. It would be interesting to know the cost associated with the total death penalty process. For 735 offenders, it’s probably a staggering amount, considering the vast number of them will die from other causes.

    Comment by dcurtin — 6.10.2013 @ 4:32 pm

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