California Death Row running out of room

California’s death row is running out of space.

The state has not executed anyone in nearly a decade, but continues to sentence people to death.

The Los Angeles Times reports Gov. Jerry Brown is now asking the Legislature for an additional $3.2 million to open 100 more cells for condemned inmates at San Quentin.

“The proposed expansion would take advantage of cells made available as the state releases low-level drug offenders and thieves under a new law voters approved last year.”

The funding request comes as the constitutionality of California’s death penalty system is being challenged in the courts. The courts ruled that executions in the state be halted in a 2006 ruling, but stopped short of overturning the death penalty law.

The death row population has grown from 646 in 2006 to 751 today, the Times reports.

 


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