How much money would your state save by scrapping the death penalty?
I do not know the amount, but I remember reading that the amount saved by ditching the death penalty for my state is a very large sum.
Do you know how much it costs to hold an inmate in a maximum security prison per year?
I have no clue to the answer for your question but would it save money by holding someone incarcerated for life?
Exactly. I'm not pro death penalty.
But prison is a very expensive "hotel" and the taxpayers have to pay the bill of it's customers.
The following is from http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/costs-death-penalty
Financial Facts About the Death Penalty
Report of the California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice
“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. With California’s current death row population of 670, that accounts for $63.3 million annually.”
Using conservative rough projections, the Commission estimates the annual costs of the present (death penalty) system to be $137 million per year.
The cost of the present system with reforms recommended by the Commission to ensure a fair process would be $232.7 million per year.
The cost of a system in which the number of death-eligible crimes was significantly narrowed would be $130 million per year.
The cost of a system which imposes a maximum penalty of lifetime incarceration instead of the death penalty would be $11.5 million per year.
(Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice, June 30, 2008).
new study released by the Urban Institute on March 6, 2008 forecasted that the lifetime expenses of capitally-prosecuted cases since 1978 will cost Maryland taxpayers $186 million. That translates into at least $37.2 million for each of the state’s five executions since the state reenacted the death penalty. The study estimates that the average cost to Maryland taxpayers for reaching a single death sentence is $3 million - $1.9 million more than the cost of a non-death penalty case. (This includes investigation, trial, appeals, and incarceration costs.) The study examined 162 capital cases that were prosecuted between 1978 and 1999 and found that those cases will cost $186 million more than what those cases would have cost had the death penalty not existed as a punishment. At every phase of a case, according to the study, capital murder cases cost more than non-capital murder cases.
Of the 162 capital cases, there werer 106 cases in which a death sentence was sought but not handed down in Maryland. Those cases cost the state an additional $71 million compared to the cost non-death penalty cases. Those costs were incurred simply to seek the death penalty where the ultimate outcome was a life or long-term prison sentence.
How much money would the states save by killing everyone on death row? I think a lot more than keeping them alive.
I think that on the surface that would appear to be a lot of dollars because everyone immediately thinks about all the legal wrangling which goes into death penalty appeals. On the other hand, if you eliminate the death penalty, the appeal process on "less than death" is still there to contend with so you don't save all the costs of appeals. Automatically you have more people to house in your prisons and that number multiples by some net factor each year relative to the number of releases, incomings, and prison natural deaths and killings. Many of these people are young and will live 50 to 60 years if serving a life sentence. Eventually, you have to acquire more land, build more prisons, employ more security guards and administration, provide more medical care and daily meals along with paying greater utility bills and operating costs driven the multiplicity of the system. When the numbers on that model are developed and looked at long term against the cost of "death sentence" appeals, the savings, if there are truly any, will likely be rather small in comparison. WB
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