The aggressive use of the death penalty by a few counties costs us all money.
This $30 million comes out of our taxes.When the total costs of the death penalty are divided by the number of executions carried out in a state, the amount can be $30 million per execution. (Source)
Now, before people start in arguing "Well, it would be cheaper to put a bullet in the head" let me share this with you:
- The vast majority of that $30 million is not to pay for the method of execution. It is for the 15 years or more of appeals.
So, you say, "Then let's get rid of the appeals." I say:
- Since 1973, 140 people have been exonerated from death row. That means they were initially found guilty, but through appeals it was found that they were not guilty at all. So, without the appeals, there would be at least 140 innocent people dead.
|This map depresses me. As you can see, St. Louis County and St. Louis City both are in the top 15.|
For more information, check out the report yourself at: http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/twopercent