| Well, the California Democratic Party Convention is set to begin in a few hours, and I am just shoving the last of my items into my bag as I get ready to head to Sacramento. For the most part, the convention will be fairly unified. Democrats are thankful for their electoral success in 2010's elections, but what issues might arise? Well, there's always the budget, but there is one other issue rearing its head as we head into it.
A new David Binder Research poll is showing that a strong majority of voters now supports converting all of our death penalty sentences to life without the possibility of parole (LWOP):
A recent statewide survey of 800 high propensity voters conducted by David Binder Research showed a strong 63% support for converting all current death row sentences to life imprisonment without any possibility of parole in order to save the state $1 billion dollars in five years, where the money saved would be required to pay for public education and law enforcement. Notably, support for this idea to convert all of the death row sentences to save the state a billion dollars over five years receives support from all political parties and from across all regions of the state. This idea appears to be the type of solution voters are looking for politicians to develop, but this idea in particular is one that political figures have so far overlooked.
This is likely to come up throughout the convention, but not likely from the podium. However, grassroots support for a signal of agreement with this poll has been bouncing around over the last few days and weeks. I'm interested to see where the question goes from here.
I'll be focusing much of my communications on Twitter, check my Twitter feed here.
UPDATE: On a somewhat related note, Governor Brown is actually letting the parole board do its job rather than what Govs. Davis and Schwarzenegger did by blocking pretty much every parole. We can't really begin to address the prison mess without prioritizing for dangers criminals.