Saturday, March 05, 2005

The cost of the death penalty in CA

Rone Tempest of the LA Times discusses here the financial costs of administering the death penalty in CA. Part of this cost is the approximately $11 million the CA S. Ct. spends each year on court-appointed defense counsel for automatic appeals. Although CA trails only TX in death sentences handed out, CA has accounted for only 1% of US executions since the death penalty was reinstated in 1978. According to the Times, that calculates to over a quarter of a billion dollars for each CA execution.

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Blogger Brian O'Donnell said...

I read an article in the LATimes last week that discussed this in detail. There were some interesting comments about how California seems to want it 'both ways': to have a death penalty, and to not use it, and the result of maintaining 'both ends' is costing the taxpayers a fortune.

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