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Can California still afford the death penalty?

6 July 2012 Last updated at 10:00 BST

California is one of many states in the US which has the death penalty, but that could soon change.

The issue will be put to a popular vote later this year and the main issue appears to be not whether the punishment is justified but whether California can still afford to carry it out.

The BBC's Alastair Leithead reports.