- Associated Press - Friday, January 22, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A look at California’s death penalty and proposed changes:

- The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation calculates the cost of an execution at nearly $187,000.

- More than 900 killers have been sentenced to die in the state since the death penalty was restored in 1978. Only 13 have been executed amid legal challenges.

- Under a proposal to use a single drug in executions, the warden at San Quentin State Prison could choose between amobarbital, pentobarbital, secobarbital or thiopental, depending on what is available.

- The Berkeley Law Death Penalty Clinic, which opposes executions, says amobarbital and secobarbital have never been used in executions.

- Inmates could choose the gas chamber instead of a drug injection.

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Sources: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Berkeley Law Death Penalty Clinic

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