Death row prisoners are deemed dangerous to society and other prisoners, and so they are classified as maximum custody. This means that they are kept in a cell by themselves. Keeping prisoners on death row costs $90,000 more per year than regular confinement due to single cell housing and the extra guards that are needed in those prisons (Barnes 2 of 2). Security for the death row inmates is greatly increased which adds about 100,000 dollars to the cost of incarcerating each death row prisoner (Williams 1 of 2). California’s 714 capital prisoners cost $184 million more per year than those sentenced to life without parole.
Capital Punishment is not a deterrent for crime, and the effects of Capital Punishment are actually hurting the American citizens. Capital Punishment affects the American citizens by having those citizens pay millions of dollars for death row inmates, and these criminals affect those same citizens because the Death Penalty does not deter crime like it was intended for. Citizens across the United States pay a lot of money each year to sentence someone to death. These millions of dollars are being wasted on Capital Punishment while every state could be saving money by sentencing someone to life without parole. California alone spends over $90 million dollars annually on death-row inmates, while $78 million of that being spent at the trial level (Dieter).
However, is the death penalty a cost-effective way to use the taxpayer's money? After evaluating the cost of the death penalty and the effects of paying that cost, one would agree that the death penalty is not a cost-effective way to fight crime and thus the government should abolish the death penalty. The death penalty is much more expensive than life imprisonment. In Texas, "the death penalty cost taxpayers an average o... ... middle of paper ... ...day, 14 June 1989, 60. C. Hoppe, Executions Cost Texas Millions," The Dallas Morning News, 8 March 1992, 1A.
The people who are for the death penalty feel that it gives a chance for individuals to be accused for their wrong acts. Most convicted murderers face the possibility of execution. The nature of the case is what decides whether or not the convict qualifies for the death penalty. People who oppose the death penalty take the side that is too much money. They feel that it is far more expensive to execute the convict than keeping them in prison.
Likewise, people are not correctly aware of what the results of the death penalty have really produced, or that life in prison without parole has been proven to be the more effective and economical path to go. The death penalty has proven to be more costly and a failure as a deterrent to crime. With the cost of the death penalty trial’s and incarceration, the death penalty is significantly much more expensive than the cost of life in prison. First, Trials alone during a death penalty case are one of the main reasons why the death penalty process is so expensive. For example, a twenty four year old man, Dennis Alvarez, was convicte... ... middle of paper ... ...bate on the merits of the death penalty as a deterrent to crime but there is no debate that its a costly inefficient law.
Capital punishment is an unnecessary practice in America that should be abolished. There are many reasons that prove this to be true. It is more expensive to execute a person than to keep them in prison for life. The deaths of innocent people can never be taken back. There is no solid evidence that the death penalty deters crime.
While it does seem to violate everything we stand for as Americans, how can we let criminals that have decided to take a life to just stay in prison while we pay for them to live and breathe every day? It is an argument that will go on as long as there is a death penalty. If there was a swifter justice system that handed out the punishments quicker without someone having to wait years on death row to be executed, there may be more that think about their actions before they do them. Criminals know the system is flawed and that is why they take advantage of it every time they can. If we treated the convicted criminals just as they treated their victims, I think we would have less crime all the way around.
Additionally, according to Amnesty International “‘the death penalty legitimizes an irreversible act of violence by the state and will inevitably claim innocent victims.”’(“Capital Punishment”). Also, the decision is too final, it does not allow the chance for the convicted to be proven innocent, and that... ... middle of paper ... ... the death penalty deters crime more effectively than long terms of imprisonment. States that have death penalty laws do not have lower crime rates or murder rates than states without such laws”’ (“Top Ten”). The death penalty has been around for many years, yet there has been no real impact on crime rates. In fact, states with the death penalty have a higher murder rate than those without (“Capital Punishment”).
The death penalty is one of the most controversial issues we have in our country today. The people are divided between supporting and opposing the death penalty. The supporters would say that it is a deterrent for future crimes. They would also say that taxpayer dollars are not going to pay for the care of these individuals. The opposition would say that the cost of the death penalty is actually higher than the cost of a life sentence.
Also, defense attorneys spend more time on death penalty cases than other cases, and the time they spend on death penalty cases has only increased over the years. (Chammah) “The 2010 judicial conference report found that attorneys for defendants facing the death penalty spent an average of 1,889 hours per trial between 1989 and 1997. Between 1998 and 2004, the average was 3,557 hours.”(Chammah) Not only does it take longer, it costs more just to house death row inmates. “A 2014 study out of Kansas reported that a death row prisoner costs $49,380 to house per year, whereas a general population prisoner costs $24,690.” (Chammah) This is because death row inmates are in solitary confinement which costs more because of the increased