The Contra Costa Times interviewed Saint Mary's politics professor Ronald Ahnen in its coverage of a East Bay public forum on Propostion 34, the California ballot initiative that would replace the death penalty in California with life in prison without the possibility of parole.
In addition to Ahnen, speakers at the forum included Jeanne Woodford, who carried out four executions during her tenure as warden of San Quentin State Prison and prosecutor Darryl Stallworth, who tried a death penalty case while working in the Alameda County district attorneys office. All three are opposed the death penalty. Ahnen has spoken in public forums, classrooms and with other media outlets about his oppostion to the death penatly, arguing it does not bring closure for the families of homicide victims. He has personal experience with the issue. 39 years ago Ahnen's 7-year-old sister, Rose Marie Ahnen, was murdered. He was 8 years old at the time.
Read the Contra Costa Times story "Pleasant Hill forum focuses on California death penalty repeal measure."