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Proposition 34 and The Death Penalty in California: A Jewish Perspective

October 23, 2012 - 7:00pm
Congregation Sha'ar Zahav
290 Dolores Street
San Francisco , CA

This November, voters in California will vote on Proposition 34, also known as the SAFE Initiative, which purports to “replace the death penalty with justice that works.”  If the measure passes, California will abolish the death penalty, something the measure’s proponents say will save hundreds of millions of dollars a year, redirect efforts on solving crimes and eliminates the risk of executing an innocent.  Critics say the financial savings are exaggerated and point out that a majority of California voters approve of the death penalty.  Join us for an evening panel discussion with Proposition 34’s supporters and critics.


  • Stephen M. Wagstaffe, District Attorney, San Mateo County
  • Jeanne Woodford, Executive Director, Death Penalty Focus; Former Director, California Department of Corrections 
  • Frank Leidman, Criminal Defense Lawyer; Jewish Community Relations Council Representarive from Congregation Rodef Shalom in San Rafael

Presented by Bend the Arc Bay Area and Congregation Sha'ar Zahav.