Originally posted by Argyll
reply to post by tzdub
the popular kids made fun of you in high school didnt they? and u do understand that it cost more to put someone to death than keep them in prison for
OP'er is insane.......but your post is mad as well!......how the hell does it cost more to kill someone, than to keep them in prison for 30-40 maybe
Actually, someone on Death Row is there for many years. Most laws require automatic appeals to their sentence. Lawyers, paperwork and filing, and the
court's time on these appeals cost money, normally at the tax payer's expense.
A prisoner on Death Row is not normally among the prison's general population and is instead kept isolated. They also have increased amount of
security too keep the prisoner "safe" (ironic, isn't it?). The cost of prepping and getting the execution is also expensive, and then there is the
transport of the body afterwards. If there is no family to bury the executed prisoner, the tax payers again pick up the dime on that.
Prisoners not on Death Row, do not require as much security to "keep safe" unless they have been moved to protective custody (for numerous reasons).
Many prisoners, even "Lifers" will actually do work (helps pass the time. There is saying in prison: Do the Time. Don't let it do you. Depending on
the work they do, they may actually be saving tax payers money (road crews, etc) and private industries use inmates also for labor.
In South Carolina, Prison Industries (aka PI) use inmates to package all sorts of good that are sold in stores: detergents and cleaners. Gloves (of
all kinds), tennis balls. In one prison (Kershaw I believe it's called) inmates make furniture. In another place upstate, they actually make hardwood
flooring that is sold and put down by proffesionals.
Inmates that are on Death Row are not allowed to work. They are required to sit there and wait, for either an appeal on their sentence, or until the
day they are transported from Libra (name of the prison where Death Row is), to the Death House at Broadriver in Columbia, SC, for the day of their
So I believe that statement is true about ones executed cost more money.
And if you want to know how I know all this, let's just say I was a "guest of the state" for about 3 years for something stupid I did many years
ago. I was at a work camp, with no fence even around the place. I did work for the state, did my time, and got out. Met some really good people (both
staff and inmates) while I was in.