The lethal injection facility at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

The lethal injection facility at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

California’s death penalty has been a failure on every level.

Capital punishment is barbaric, unfairly applied and does not prevent crime any more effectively than the prospect of life in prison. Since 1978, the state has spent more than $4 billion on just 13 executions: Imagine if, instead, the money had been spent on education, on rehabilitating young offenders or on catching more murderers, rapists and other violent criminals. (to continue reading, click here)