Death penalty, also known as capital punishment, is the punishment of execution that is administered to someone who committed a capital crime. Capital crimes include murder, treason, genocide and many other serious crimes (Did 1 of 3). Over 1,000 people were executed in the United States between 1977 and 2009. 32 states allow the death penalty, and 17 do not; the latest state to outlaw the death penalty was Maryland. The death penalty involves many debatable issues such as cost, religion, deterrence, possibility of executing an innocent and the cruelty of the punishment. The death penalty is cruel and the need for retribution is unjust, so it is unacceptable and shouldn’t be performed. Many say that the cost is not a reason to end the death penalty, and that regardless of the high price, it is necessary. Some say without question that over time life without parole cases cost more than death penalty cases (Top 2 of 4). This is because these prisoners have to be paid to be taken care of for many years whereas the death penalty inmates spend less time in prison. A multitude of studies have stated that death penalty cases cost more than life without parole cases, however “Justice for All estimates that LWOP cases will cost $1.2 million-$3.6 million more than equivalent death penalty cases.” The way the person is executed is one of the biggest factors that accounts for the considerable cost of the death penalty. Other methods of execution exist that are cheaper such as hanging and then re-using the rope or having a firing squad using volunteered guns (Does 2 of 5). It has also been said that if the steps of the execution are handled properly and effectively, that the cost of execution is less than caring for a murderer for life. In th... ... middle of paper ... ...n Post, 11 June 2007. Web. 04 Dec. 2013. . "The Case Against Death Penalty." Aclu.org. American Civil Liberties Union, 11 Dec. 2012. Web. 09 Dec. 2013. . "The Innocent and the Death Penalty." Innocenceproject.org/. Innocence Project, n.d. Web. 07 Dec. 2013. . "Top 10 Pros and Cons." ProCon.org. N.p., 13 Apr. 2009. Web. 03 Dec. 2013. . Williams, Carol J. "Death Penalty Costs California $184 Million a Year, Study Says." Latimes.com. Los Angeles Times, 20 June 2011. Web. 18 Nov. 2013. .
Cases in which the death penalty is gone after are more expensive and take more time to solve than non capital cases. “Even when a trial wasn’t necessary, those cases where the death penalty was sought still cost about twice as much as those where death was not sought” (Erb 1). The added money is due to legal representation, enhanced security for death row, and the costs it takes to go through the motions of a trial such as this. "The additional cost of confining an inmate to death row, as compared to the maximum security prisons where those sentenced to life without possibility of parole ordinarily serve their sentences, is $90,000 per year per inmate” (The Death Penalty 8). With California’s current death row (670) this would generate $63.3 million dollars per year. This is important because it shows factual stats about how much these cases cost vs regular cases and how much money could be saved if the death penalty was eliminated. These statistics show my thesis is correct because the high costs are one of the reasons why the death penalty might be
Upon examination, one finds capital punishment to be economically weak and deficient. A common misconception of the death penalty is that the cost to execute a convicted criminal is cheaper than to place a convict in prison for life without parole. Due to the United States judicial system, the process of appeals, which is inevitable with cases involving death as the sentence, incurs an extreme cost and is very time consuming. The cost of a capital trial and execution can be two to six times greater than the amount of money needed to house and feed a prisoner for life. "Studies show incarceration costs roughly $20,000 per inmate per year ($800,000 if a person lives 40 years in prison). Research also shows a death-penalty ease costs roughly $2 million per execution," (Kaplan 2). Capital punishment is extremely expensive and depletes state governments of money that could be used for a wide range of programs that are beneficial. As Belolyn Wiliams-Harold, an author for the journal Black Enterprise, writes that county governments are typically responsible for the costs of prosecution and the costs of the criminal trial, including attorney's fees, and salaries for the members of the courtroom. All this money is spent at the expense of the corrections department and crime prevention programs, which are already is strapped for cash (Williams-Harlod 1). These "financial constraints," such as capital punishment, do not promote a healthy, commercial society, but actually cost and harm the public.
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Executions also save our government money. According to Justice For All, an organization that supports capital punishment, life without parole cases cost from one to three million more than equivalent death penalty cases. A cell on death row costs an average of $24,000 a year, but the average cost of a cell in a maximum security prison is $75,000 a year. People that say death row inmates waste government money on appeals, forget that people who are sentenced to life without parole do too. In fact, there’s an average of $150,000-$300,000 spent per case for an inmate sentenced to life, versus $75,000 per case for inmates on death row. In the movie, Matthew Poncele...
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The cost of one execution is great deal higher than life imprisonment. At a time when state budgets are slim, for some states with cutbacks the high cost of the death penalty makes little sense. The average cost of a single death penalty varies from 1 million to 3 million. This is just not intelligent. Evidence supports it costs so much to fulfill one execution that it is not intelligent to use the death penalty any longer.(Delcour, Julie)
The death penalty debate in the U.S. is dominated by the fraudulent voice of the anti-death penalty movement. The culture of lies and deceit so dominates that movement that many of the falsehoods are now wrongly accepted as fact, by both advocates and opponents of capital punishment. The following report presents the true facts of the death penalty in America. If you are even casually aware of this public debate, you will note that every category contradicts the well-worn frauds presented by the anti-death penalty movement. The anti-death penalty movement specializes in the abolition of truth.
One cannot deny that maintaining the prisoners with food, health care and other basic needs is expensive, but the long and complex judicial process makes the capital punishment more expensive. The cost of defense and prosecution of the prisoner with the death penalty is almost three times higher than that of non- death penalty prisoner. Each year, hundreds of million dollars are spent on the death penalty cases which could be better be used in providing support to the victims’ families. It also directly affects the economy of government. The cost of death penalty are different according to the states, California being the most expensive state. According to the fact sheet organized by Death Penalty Information Center, the cost of the death penalty in California has totaled over four billion dollars since 1978 and if the Governor commuted the sentences of those remaining on death row to life parole, it would result in an immediate savings of 170 million dollars per year, with the savings of 5 billion dollars over the next 20 years (“Costs of Death Penalty”, 2010). Besides that, the provision death penalty is discriminated against the poor because they cannot afford effective, high powered lawyers. Hundreds of people are put to death across the USA every year, the evidence suggests that the poorest are paying the highest price. A study found that the average cost of defending a
When discussing the death penalty many lawful and moral issues are brought up. I was fortunate enough to listen to a representative speak about these issues in a conference held by Housatonic Community College this winter. The speaker was extremely against the death penalty but made good points for each side. For example, proceeding to put a man to death through penalty of law is in fact murder. Just as the man can create an injustice by killing someone else, the government is creating the same injustice by killing that man; however, it providing a sense of justice for the family of the victim. To put a murderer or an alleged murderer through trial, it costs taxpayers a great deal of money. It is a known fact that death penalty trials, on average can cost taxpayers millions of dollars; furthermore, its costs even more money to execute a guilty murderer than it costs to sentence him or her to life imprisonment without bail. Many people view ...
Winters, P.A. (Ed.), The death penalty opposing view points (pp. 17-20). San Diego, CA: Greenhaven Press, Inc.
In the average of 38 people executed a year in the United States it costs roughly 35 billion dollars a year (DPIC Staff). Contrary to the belief, the majority of the money for each execution comes pre-trial, jury selection, and incarceration. The lethal injection, commonly used today, is actually quite
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. In Texas, the cost of each execution case is roughly three times greater than detaining an inmate for forty years with the tightest security. Other states have similar statistics on how the death penalty is more expensive than imprisonment. One poll, "The Budgetary Repercussions of Capital Convictions" states that the cost of capital trials from 1982-1997 was $1.6 billion (Costs). Part of the taxpayers money goes to the cost of executing a criminal. Many feel that the money can be used for education or medicare. Also, many people opposing the death penalty feel that many convicts are inn...
The estimation for prosecuting, convicting, appeals and execution of a death row inmate is about 3.5 million dollars (Death). Although, commuting the sentence to life without a chance of parole maybe cost effective for the state, it doesn’t make it right. The annual cost for death row inmates is around 90 thousand dollars, but for inmates whose sentence is life without chance of parole the cost is only about 48 thousand dollars a year (Barr). The Judicial system needs to consider the emotional health of the family and friends of the victim before the well-being and mental health of the person who committed the