Last updated on: 3/17/2017 | Author: ProCon.org

Ron Briggs Biography

Title:
Former District IV Supervisor of El Dorado County in California
Position:
Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
Reasoning:

“Though I was once California’s biggest proponent of the death penalty, I now feel compelled to admit the policy is destructive to our great state. What we didn’t know then is that the death penalty would become an industry that benefits only attorneys and criminals, and no one else. It’s an extreme expense to taxpayers, does not make our communities safer and fails to deliver the justice it promised.

Since the initiative became law, California taxpayers have unknowingly spent more than $5 billion to maintain a death row that now houses 747 convicted criminals. During this time, only 13 people have been put to death, at an eye-popping price tag of $384 million per execution…

New studies conclusively show that the death penalty is not a deterrent to crime. My family and I believed the death penalty would serve as the ultimate warning to criminals, but nearly 40 years of evidence proves it does not work.”

“Death Penalty Is Destructive to California,” sacbee.com, July 7, 2016

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Political Consultant, 2015-present
  • Board Member, Sierra Nevada Conservancy
  • District IV Supervisor, El Dorado County in California, 2007-2015
  • Helps maintain the Briggs family farm in Placerville, CA, 1996-present
  • General Manager, KCMY/TV Channel 29, 1989-2001
  • Former registered representative, National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) and New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)
  • Personal Aid to John V. Briggs, California gubernatorial campaign, 1978
  • Fire and Casualty Insurance Broker, 1977-present
Education:
  • Attended El Dorado High School in El Dorado County, California
Other:
  • Filed litigation with John Van de Kamp in 2016 to block California’s Proposition 66 (known as the Death Penalty Reform and Savings), which he said was unconstitutional
  • Son of former California Assemblyman and Senator John V. Briggs
  • Worked on campaigns for Proposition 13 (People’s Initiative to Limit Property Taxation) and Proposition 7 (Briggs Death Penalty Initiative), 1978
Quoted in:
  1. Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?