The jury has come back:
|Originally posted by a_loveless_gem
It actually costs more to execute a prisoner than to have them live for the rest of their lives in prison.
Just something to consider.
|Originally posted by mzjazz2u
It depends on the State and how long the prisoner is detained before executing them. The reason it costs so much to execute a prisoner is because they usually spend a lifetime in prison fighting by using all their appeals. So basically, many of them spend life in prison anyway, before they are executed. We have a man here in Utah in prison for murder since the 1970's. He was sentenced to death but he's had so many appeals, he's spent 30 years in prison anyway.
|Originally posted by Lucia
While the death penalty may be 'cheaper' than incarceration for life in some states, in general it is more expensive. The cost-of-imprisonment before execution is often more than the average prisoner because of extra
precautions taken with death row inmates. Plus, all of those appeals need lawyers, and by that point many death row inmates have attorneys being funded by the government. Since the inmate has the legal right to file the appeals, that aspect of these cases isn't going to go away. Nor should it: for something as irreversible as the death penalty, every "i" should be dotted & every t crossed. So not only did the state of Utah have to support this guy, they also are paying for a lot of lawyer fees.