• BREAKING NEWS ABC shows live and on-demand -- Download the WATCH ABC app!

Death penalty measure challenged by victims' rights group

California voters will get a chance to decide whether to replace the death penalty with life in prison without parole.

May 15, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A victims' rights group wants to remove a measure from the November ballot that would abolish the death penalty in California.

The Criminal Justice Legal Foundation filed the petition, saying the initiative violates a state law limiting propositions to a single subject.

If passed, the measure would abolish the death penalty and allocate the money saved to police agencies to help solve murder and rape cases.

Backers say the measure is solely about abolishing the death penalty.