In California, Some Want To Be On Death Row; Life Is Better There

While Virginia proved again last night — with the execution of D.C. sniper John Allen Muhammad — that it can move relatively quickly on capital punishment cases, things are apparently much different in California.

According to the Los Angeles Times, "capital punishment in California has become so bogged down by legal challenges as to be a nearly empty threat, say experts on both sides of the issue."

And now, the Times says, some inmates even view a death penalty as a good thing because conditions on death row are "more comfortable than in other maximum-security prisons." The inmates get private cells, better access to telephones and can have " 'contact visits' in plexiglass booths by themselves rather than in communal halls as in other institutions."

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San Quentin's housing for the condemned.

Some prefer to be here.



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