The following comes from a January 14 California Catholic Conference article:

After having its death penalty protocols repeatedly ruled unconstitutional, California will once again attempt to rewrite the process to comply with court rulings.  The California Catholic Conference will be among many speaking out against the use of the death penalty and the protocols at the [January 22] hearing.

Nineteen states have already eliminated its use and just this week the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Florida’s protocols unconstitutional.  In addition to the U.S., only four other industrialized nations use the punishment. China puts more people to death than any other nation followed by Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and the United States.

California holds 746 people on San Quentin’s Death Row.  The last execution in the state was Jan. 17, 2006.

Consistency in the abhorrence of violence is the hallmark of the Church’s teaching on the death penalty. In the Culture of Life and the Death Penalty the U.S. Bishops also point to the fact that state-sanctioned killing diminishes us all, the application of capital punishment is flawed and inconsistent, and that the state has other ways of punishing criminals.