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US states consider abolishing executions amid financial crisis

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posted on Feb, 17 2009 @ 10:01 PM
wow... times are tough and we can't afford to execute criminals anymore:

farout... so abolish capital punishment not because there is moral issues but because of the financial crisis.

SEVERAL US states are considering abolishing the death penalty as the execution process proves too expensive amid tough financial times.

Death penalty laws remain on the books of 36 of the 50 US states, and capital punishment is supported by about two-thirds of the American public.

But across the nation, states as diverse and far-flung as Montana, Kansas, New Mexico and Maryland are among those actively considering abolishing capital punishment in a bid to overcome ballooning budget shortfalls.

“It is quite unusual that we've seen this blossoming of state legislative activity this year. It's because there is a renewed inspection of the death penalty,” said Steve Hall, director of the anti-capital punishment group Standdown.

Most of the states involved in the move are those which have only executed a few people - five or less - in the past 30 years since capital punishment was reinstated in 1976. But “state legislators across America seem to be re-examining the death penalty,” he said.

The financial savings could be considerable.

Carrying out the death penalty can leave a state footing a bill that is 10 times higher than for an inmate serving life imprisonment.

I am quite surprised. Actually thought execution would have been cheaper?

[edit on 17-2-2009 by Thurisaz]

posted on Feb, 17 2009 @ 10:04 PM
link would think puting a bullet in someone would be cheaper than feeding clothing and housing someone for life

posted on Feb, 17 2009 @ 10:14 PM
The problem with the death penalty are the endless appeals, which cost the state a lot of money.
Money has nothing to do with the end of executions in Maryland, however. Gov. O'Malley was against the death penalty since before he took office

posted on Feb, 17 2009 @ 10:16 PM
so the australian is the source on this?

posted on Feb, 17 2009 @ 10:17 PM
reply to post by borachon

yeah... any USA sources on this?

I read world news and up it came

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