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The purpose of this report is to present as much statistical material as is now available relating to those persons who have suffered the death penalty in California.

This study is prompted by the current debate on whether the California Legislature should enact a moratorium on the death penalty during the 1963 General Session. In making their judgments on that grave question the members of the Legislature need to, consider and evaluate all available factual information. Unfortunately we have observed that, except for the moral question, the discussion on all sides has been noted chiefly for an abundance of undocumented opinions and conclusions, and by an almost total absence of relevant and material facts. This report is intended to supply some of those facts in convenient form.


Prepared with the assistance of the Assembly Legislative Reference Service.