Last updated on: 11/11/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

California District Attorneys Association (CDAA) Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
Reasoning:

“The death penalty is the will of the people of California. It was restored by voter initiative in 1977, and every subsequent measure to expand its provisions, most recently with the addition of a gang-murder special circumstance in March 2000, has been overwhelmingly approved. The simple fact of the matter is that Californians want to reserve the ultimate punishment of death for those murderers whose actions so truly shock the conscience that life in prison is not adequate.”

“Prosecutors’ Perspective on California’s Death Penalty,” www.cdaa.org, Mar. 2003

Description:

“Originally composed of county counsels and district attorneys, the California District Attorneys Association has been in existence for over 90 years. As the interests of the group became increasingly diverse, the members decided to form an organization comprised exclusively of prosecutors. In 1974, CDAA was incorporated with the mission to serve the needs and promote the interests of California’s prosecutors…

CDAA participates in the state and federal legislative process. Through CDAA’s specialized committees, the Association reviews bills, provides technical assistance to the Legislature’s policy committees, and lobbies the Legislature on measures that impact public safety, environmental and consumer protection. CDAA advocacy extends to the initiative process when appropriate and necessary.”

“The Association,” www.cdaa.org (accessed Aug. 28, 2008)

Mission:

“To promote justice by enhancing prosecutorial excellence.”

“The Association,” www.cdaa.org (accessed Aug. 28, 2008)

Other:
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Quoted in:
  1. Is Poor Representation by Public Defense Attorneys a Widespread Problem in Capital Cases?
  2. Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?