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Originally posted by jerryznv
Killing people as a form of saving precious dollars is ridiculous...life certainly has more value than paper.
Also noteworthy...prison industries is one of the fastest growing markets in the United States today...money to be made everywhere as long as people keep getting locked up. Pockets are deep in the industries of corruption...prisons are money making machines!
All told, it costs an average of $129.04 a day to house an inmate in the prison system. Although these figures come from California corrections, it is slightly lower in other parts of the country, but not by much.
Gotta make money off the losers of society somehow.
North Carolina spends $2.16 million per execution more than the costs of a non-death penalty murder case.
Florida has spent around $57 million on the death penalty for just 18 executions. This averages to about $3.2 million per execution.
In Texas, the death penalty costs an average of $2.3 million per execution, three times more expensive than imprisoning someone in a single cell at the highest security level for 40 years.
The State of Ohio spent $1.5 million to execute a mentally retarded man who wanted to be executed.
California spends $90 million annually on the death penalty over the costs of their regular system. $78 million of that money is spent at the trial level, proving that the death penalty costs come almost completely from the trial level. Not the appeals process, like everyone thinks it does.
After decades of moral arguments reaching biblical proportions, after long, twisted journeys to the nation's highest court and back, the death penalty may be abandoned by several states for a reason having nothing to do with right or wrong:
Turns out, it is cheaper to imprison killers for life than to execute them, according to a series of recent surveys. Tens of millions of dollars cheaper, politicians are learning, during a tumbling recession when nearly every state faces job cuts and massive deficits.
So an increasing number of them are considering abolishing capital punishment in favor of life imprisonment, not on principle but out of financial necessity.
"It's 10 times more expensive to kill them than to keep them alive," though most Americans believe the opposite, said Donald McCartin, a former California jurist known as "The Hanging Judge of Orange County" for sending nine men to death row.
Originally posted by Kryties
reply to post by mydarkpassenger
Ahhh, more disgusting armchair murderers.
I don't care what a person did wrong, execution is a Dark Ages throwback and only the very slow or the intellectually challenged still think it is the right thing to do. It is wrong in every way, shape or form and nobody, particularly those disgusting people who advocate it, will ever change my mind.
How do people like you sleep at night? Oh wait, don't answer that.......I can imagine you would sleep quite well in your bloodbath dreams......
( from your own source no less, guess you didn't read it )
'Waste of time and money'
California's legendarily slow appeals system, which produces an average wait of nearly 20 years from conviction to fatal injection — the longest in the nation. Of the nine convicted killers McCartin sent to death row, only one has died. Not by execution, but from a heart attack in custody.
Death penalty trials are more expensive for several reasons: They often require extra lawyers; there are strict experience requirements for attorneys, leading to lengthy appellate waits while capable counsel is sought for the accused; security costs are higher, as well as costs for processing evidence — DNA testing, for example, is far more expensive than simple blood analyses.
Originally posted by jerryznv
reply to post by Kryties
If housing inmates as a way to decrease cost's to us taxpayers is an argument...then we need to take a look at why the U.S. has more people per capita in prison than any other nation in the world! Why is that?
Because it is money, money, and more money...and unlimited amount of income as long as we continue to pass laws that lock people up.
Originally posted by mydarkpassenger
As for changing tunes, you might sing a different song yourself should someone you love ever be a victim of an animal that kills for fun and profit.
If you're going to conflate the whole mess of the US prison system as a problem due to felony murder. Then you haven't thought the problem through.