On June 30, 2009 the state of California held an open hearing to get public comment on the lethal injection process for administering the death penalty. More than 100 people spoke against lethal injection and the death penalty. They represented religious communities, victims' families, prison wardens, falsely convicted people, and concerned citizens. Below are a few of the comments.
In 2004, Katherine Harrington's daughter was murdered. She pleads to stop the cycle of violence.
Father George Horan spoke on behalf of the California Conference of Bishops and all the chaplains in the county facilities in Los Angeles.
Dr. Thompson is a Presbyterian pastor and president of the Interfaith Service Bureau.
Beth spoke on behalf of an Alameda County Jewish Renewal congregation.
Lyle Grosjean is a retired Episcopal Priest.
Alice told how the death penalty hardly touches white, well-to-do people. The poor and minorities are hit hard.
Ms. Bechnel was a witness to one of the California executions.
Natasha Minsker is the death penalty policy director for the ACLU of Northern California.
Terry McCaffery spoke on behalf of California People of Faith Working Against the Death Penalty and Amnesty International.
She is the mother of a "factually-innocent" death row inmate. She tells how the system has destroyed her life.
Ms. Sirin gave the viewpoint of a Buddhist.