The Future of the Death Penalty in California and Beyond: A Panel Discussion

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
EDU - 1131 Seminar Room (86)
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Center in Law, Society & Culture/Nicola McCoy
School of Law

The Future of the Death Penalty in California and Beyond


  • Judge Arthur Alarcon (9th Circuit Court of Appeals)
  • Craig Haney (UC Santa Cruz, Department of Psychology)
  • Paula Mitchell (9th Circuit Court of Appeals/Loyola Law School)
  • Jordan Steiker (University of Texas School of Law)

DISCUSSANT: Erwin Chemerinsky (UC Irvine, School of Law)

CHAIR: Mona Lynch (UC Irvine, Criminology, Law & Society)

On Nov. 6, 2012, California voters have a chance to alter the state's expansive death penalty law, which was passed by initiative in 1978. The upcoming ballot measure, the SAFE California Act, would replace the death penalty with the sentence of life without the possibility of parole as the maximum punishment for murder, and use the savings to fund increased law enforcement. This panel will discuss what this measure—together with a number of other abolition efforts happening around the country—tell us about the status of capital punishment in our state and our nation.

Free and open to the public. Please RSVP to Nicola McCoy at by Friday, October 5.

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