The death penalty thrived at the ballot box, but it’s still declining

Elisabeth Semel quoted by Yahoo! News, Nov. 9, 2016

“As I talked to [voters] who were not lawyers, I found they generally understood Prop. 62 but were absolutely flummoxed by 66,” she said. “Some of them thought, ‘Well, if we can’t get rid of it, perhaps we can remedy it,’ without understanding the particulars of the initiative.”