Elisabeth Semel Lauds Report Critical of State’s Death Penalty System

-San Francisco Daily Journal, July 1, by Dhyana Levey
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“It comes down to dollars and cents,” said Elisabeth Semel. “California has to decide how it wants its money spent.” Semel said the report was correct in calling the system “dysfunctional” and called the system a “drain on scarce resources.”

-KTVU News, July 1, by David Stevenson

“It is going to require a sober and realistic assessment by the people of the state of California—that is to really look at the death penalty system not through the lens of emotionality and passion.”