As the D.A.'s race heats up, the death penalty emerges as a big issue
Woodford recalled how she got sick after the last execution she presided over. "I focused on what my responsibility was. But in hindsight, I realize it had had much more of an impact," she said. "These executions happen in California at least 20 years after the crime. And they don't bring victims back."
Minsker noted that 16 states do not have the death penalty, and that every day brings people closer to ending the practice in California. "People once thought opposing the death penalty would end political careers, but Kamala Harris showed that it is no longer a liability," she said.
Reached by phone after the debate, Onek said ending capital punishment makes sense morally and financially. "We would have $1 billion to invest in things that actually make us safer," Onek said. "The D.A. is given discretion around requesting the death penalty, and I will use my discretion to reflect San Francisco values. That's why people in the trenches working on these issues, including Jeanne Woodford, support me in this race."