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Transcript of Death Penalty
Trials costs $1.1 million more than regular murder trials.
Every death row inmate costs the state 175,000 more per year.
Because of this more critical public safety programs because there is just not enough money to fund them. Is there an immediate and more cost efficient way to utilize the death penalty? Question House death row prisoners together. Policy #2 Change the way of execution Policy #3 The death penalty costs much more than life without parole because of the long and complex judicial process and capital cases http://www.stanford.edu/group/progressive/cgi-bin/?p=1765 Among the roughly 80,000 murders committed since the reinstatement of the death penalty in 1977, only 13 death sentences have been carried out. http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2012/04/daily-chart-10 California vs. Texas Posses some of the largest death rows in the united states.
Both are extremely expensive. Policy #1 Limit the number of appeals for prisoners on death row. Each appeal for death row prisoners cost about an average of
$925 million--Automatic Appeals and State Habeas Corpus Petitions
$775 million--Federal Habeas Corpus Appeals
$1 billion--Costs of Incarceration
Death row inmates in the US typically spend over a decade awaiting execution.
It costs approximately $100,000 to house one inmate per year.
Grouping inmates together would split the cost of housing. Death Row Prisoners on death row spend as much as 23 hours a day in their cell.
This isolation and anxiety result in a sharp deterioration in their mental status. Due to states switching from sodium thiopental, pancuronium bromide, and potassium chloride to pentobarbital, the cost of drugs raised for each execution from $86.55 per injection to $1,286.86. Drugs have become an unnecessarily expensive way to carry out execution.
"Executions do not have to cost that much. We could hang them and re-use the rope." -Chris Clem, JD http://deathpenalty.procon.org/view.answers.php?questionID=001000 The death penalty is an expensive and slow process. It affects California economically.
We believe that by
1. Limiting appeals & time on death row
2. Housing death row prisoners together
3. Changing the method of execution
the efficiency and cost of the death penalty will improve. http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/costs-death-penalty Limiting the number of appeals in the judicial process will cut these costs down substantially. http://www.safecalifornia.org/downloads/2.5.A_costfactsheet.pdf