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Post Capital Punishment in US
Created by John Eipper on 05/09/14 3:36 AM

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Capital Punishment in US (Edward Jajko, USA, 05/09/14 3:36 am)

Assuming that the crime for which the criminal has been convicted is murder--and one could extend this to other crimes as well--life in prison, without parole, is insult added to injury for those who suffer because of the crime.

They are then forced to pay through their taxes for the housing, meals, medical care, clothing, entertainment, and all other needs of the criminal until he or she dies. That this may be a small part of their overall tax burden doesn't matter. They are still forced to pay toward the housing and care of the killers of their relatives and friends, and in many cases even for the costs of the legal defense of those criminals for the crimes in which they have hurt or even destroyed families.

JE comments: Robert Gard (5 May) pointed out the enormous expense of capital cases in the US--$37 million per execution in Maryland, for example.  Compare this with around $31K per year to incarcerate a regular prisoner.  Even pricey New York City, at $168K per year, is far cheaper.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/24/nyregion/citys-annual-cost-per-inmate-is-nearly-168000-study-says.html?_r=0

A California study cited in Forbes puts the additional cost of maintaining a Death Row vs. "Lifer" prisoner at $90K per year:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kellyphillipserb/2011/09/22/death-and-taxes-the-real-cost-of-the-death-penalty/2/

(On the other hand, China can probably put you down for a few hundred bucks.  Or less:  don't they send the family a bill for the bullet?  Or is this an urban legend?)


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