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ig_imageMike Semanchik:

The death penalty in the state of California continues to be a major focus, due in part to the burden it places on tax payers.  The California Innocence Project’s goal with this infographic was to examine the facts, and the facts alone.  Even though Proposition 34 did not pass in the most recent election, this issue will continue to be argued and remain a pressing issue, especially during difficult economic times.

It’s important that the public is well-aware of the facts surrounding the death penalty.  Our hope is that the conversation will continue about the death penalty and we will once again see it on the next election ballet.

The California Innocence Project (CIP) is a law school clinical program at California Western School of Law dedicated to releasing wrongfully convicted inmates and providing an outstanding educational experience to the students enrolled in the clinic.

The program was founded in 1999 and since then has facilitated the release of 12 wrongfully accused individuals.  Most recently, CIP client Brian Banks was released from jail in May, 2012 and is now seeking to pursue his dream of playing in the NFL.

CIP operates on government grants and donations, so public support is crucial.  Please visit for more info.

Mike Semanchik is a staff Attorney for the California Innocence Project and has assisted in freeing Brian Banks in May, 2012.