Save Money: End The Death Penalty
Fiscal conservatism makes for strange bedfellows. Already the alliances on foreign intervention are shifting as deficit hawks and isolationists join anti-war activists in opposing our continued presence in Libya and Afghanistan. Another possible area for this cooperation is the death penalty in the wake of a new study on California.
Taxpayers have spent more than $4 billion on capital punishment in California since it was reinstated in 1978, or about $308 million for each of the 13 executions carried out since then, according to a comprehensive analysis of the death penalty’s costs.
The examination of state, federal and local expenditures for capital cases, conducted over three years by a senior federal judge and a law professor, estimated that the additional costs of capital trials, enhanced security on death row and legal representation for the condemned adds $184 million to the budget each year.
I am opposed to the death penalty for a myriad of reasons. I’m happy to welcome to the opponents’ camp those who want to cut state budget deficits.Click here for reuse options!
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