Essay about The High Cost of Capital Punishment

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All across the United States of America, police officers are unfortunately, due to the lack of funding, being laid off, prisoners are being set free, the court systems are being bombarded with cases and the overall crime rate in this country continues to climb higher and higher despite our efforts to lower it. Since the economic crisis in 2008 resulting in our country falling into a recession, the criminal justice system has been forced to make cuts all the way to the very foundation. Many states throughout America were forced to release a large number of their prisoners early because of a lack of funding. For example the State of Florida released over 2500 of their inmates due to the budget crises caused by the recession. The State of…show more content…
In order to carry out the death penalty, a state must have a substantial amount of money on hand. As mentioned in the previous paragraph, the state of California has spent a total of four billion dollars on capital proceedings. (Marceau, 2013) The pre-Trial costs alone totaled $1.94 billion. Another nine hundred and twenty-five million dollars has been spent on appeals and state Habeas Corpus Petitions. Federal Habeas Corpus Appeals can account for another seven hundred and seventy-five million dollars of the four billion that the state has spent on this form of justice. Finally the overall costs of incarceration nears another one billion dollars. If the state of California were to simply get rid of the death penalty, the state would be able to pocket more than 4.5 billion dollars over the next 15-20 years depending on the exact amount of cases the state is presented with. (Marceau, 2013)
What is Capital punishment? Capital punishment is defined as the legal process whereby a person is put to death by the state as a punishment for a crime in which they committed. There are a number of crimes that can be punishable by the death penalty. (Harper, 2013) The first and most prominent of the crimes punishable by death is first-degree murder. First-degree murder is the killing of another human being with malice aforethought characterized by deliberation or
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