We asked area residents what they think of the governor's moratorium on the death penalty. Here's the third installment:

Linzy Wilson, 27

Yuba City

Q: The governor recently announced that he was putting a hold on the death penalty in California. How does that make you feel? 

A: Well there are a lot of broken aspects of the system, so if they're able to use this time to fix it that would be good. Otherwise I'm not really for the death penalty. They don't give people enough chances. 

Q: He said some of the reasons for the change were discrimination against economic status, mental fitness, and race. He also mentioned those who have been wrongfully convicted. Do you have any thoughts on that?

A: I would be more accepting of it if those issues were fixed. Discrimination in the system is wrong for sure. A lot of things are unfair for people with lower incomes and minorities. 

Johnny Velasquez, 59

Yuba City 

Q: The governor recently announced that he was putting a hold on the death penalty in California. How does that make you feel? 

A: He’s a butthead. First, he claims that President Trump doesn’t have the right to call an executive order, then he does it ... the hypocrisy. This is a bad thing. The citizens voted for the death penalty but one person is making the decision for everyone. 

Q: He said some of the reasons for the change were discrimination against economic status, mental fitness and race. He also mentioned those who have been wrongfully convicted. Do you have any thoughts on that?

A: He’s lying. I don’t think there’s any discrimination or people being wrongfully convicted. There hasn’t been an execution in like 30 years so how are innocent people being executed? This is just a power grab on the government’s part. 

 

More Word on the Street views in the Sunday edition.

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