Re "Time to end the fiction of California's death penalty" (Editorial, Sept. 9): Thank you for your consideration of reality and willingness to change your position based on it. Too many people think we can change the high cost of administering the death penalty by emulating other states; unfortunately, as you mention, their speedier and less careful process has resulted in execution of innocent people. That is unthinkable.
We also, as you note, have to consider what the billions of dollars in pursuit of capital punishment costs us in money we don't have to pursue the greater number of heinous criminals who we haven't the resources to catch and prosecute.
California crime labs where rape evidence kits sit on shelves for a year for lack of money is a state crime constituting double victimization.
-- Beth Weinberger, Oakland
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