During her tenure as warden of San Quentin prison, Jeanne Woodford presided over the executions of four prisoners. Now, as executive director of Death Penalty Focus, Woodford is leading the charge to pass a resolution known as Proposition 34, which would eliminate the ultimate punishment in the state of California. Woodford was never a death penalty enthusiast, but after witnessing her fourth execution, in 2002, she decided enough was enough. After each condemned man finally drew his last breath, she said, someone in the room who had witnessed the grim proceedings would inevitably ask the same question.

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