The Cost For A Non Death Penalty

1432 WordsNov 30, 20156 Pages
The financial aspect is one of the more discussed topics surrounding the death penalty. “Each execution can cost between $2.5 million and $5 million.” (Fagan 1). Compared to the millions of dollars it takes to execute a single to person to the more affordable cost of housing a prisoner of a range of $20,000-$40,000 a year; we as a society could punish these people for their crimes without killing and for less money.(Hirby 1). The cost for a non-death penalty trial is in the area of $250,000 whereas a trial concerning the death penalty will be in the area of about $1.7 million (Timberman). According to Sarah Timberman from death penalty.org “California has had to spend more than $4 billion on capital punishment alone since it was reinstated in the year 1978 (this is about $308 million for each of the 13 executions carried out)”. On top of the $308 million per trial, there is an additional cost of $184 million for all of the trials including multiple appeals, legal representation for the accused and extra security during the entire trial. James Clark of ACLU has brought to our attention three main points that is a big part of the money spending on the death penalty in California. 1.)”There 's the $1 million per death penalty trial over and above the cost of non-death penalty murder trials, which comes from county prosecutors ' budgets. 2.) Then there 's the $63 million per year extra spent housing people on death row and another $60 million spent on their appeals, again
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