Does the Death Penalty Cost Less Than Life in Prison without Parole?

  • Yes a lot less

    Yes because for the people to be in prison is a lot of money. So if you use a rope reuse the rope not much money to buy a rope and reusing it. Or just put a bullet it the back of there head and look done. Cleaning does not cost much

  • I imagine so.

    Life in prison is very expensive in order to pay for inmates to eat, live, and have some basic necessities. If someone is on death row, there is a large appeals process and they do stay in prison for a while, but overall is not at the same cost level as the other.

  • One Person in Jail Costs Average of $31,000

    The average cost of one person in jail in the United States costs taxpayers $31,000 per year. It's true that death penalty cases cost more money in the legal system, but those costs can be defrayed by the shorter time those inmates spend in jail. Some death penalty cases don't cost as much in some states as in others. Assuming one death penalty case costs $500,000 more than a regular case, 20 years in the slammer is worth more than $600,000. Do the math.

  • Yes, the death penalty costs less than life in prison without parole.

    I believe that the death penalty costs less than life in prison without parole. The problem is that many criminals commit crime when they are young and will live a long life. A prison could have years and years of housing costs for that person. On the other hand, if the death penalty was executed quickly after conviction, you would not have all those housing costs.

  • The death penalty is cheaper than life in prison

    While neither option is very cheap, the death penalty is more affordable than feeding and taking care of an inmate for the rest of their natural life. An inmate still needs all the basic amenities of a human being and is a huge resource drain the rest of their term in prison.

  • Death Costs Less, Still Doesn't Make It Right

    While the death penalty may cost less in dollars than life in prison without parole, that does not justify the intentional killing of someone by the state. Our system is flawed, as all human systems are, and people on death row have been proven innocent. That means that the state intended to kill an innocent person for something they did not do, which is a frightening thought. The fact that we imprison so many of our people is frightening enough, to start killing them because it costs less is an atrocity.

  • Generally yes, but exceptions exist

    The death penalty comes with such a massive cost because the legal system has to be absolutely sure that the person's death is justified, so it spends a bunch of extra money to carry out this process. However, each year spent in prison costs a substantial amount of money, and life in prison usually trumps the cost of the death penalty.

  • Please Just look at any study

    Cases without the death penalty cost an average $740, 000, While cases where the death penalty is sought typically cost $1. 26 million
    The average cost of defending a trial in a federal death case is $620, 932, About 8 times that of a federal murder case in which the death penalty is not sought.
    (Not that relevant, But still maybe important) A study found that those defendants whose representation was the least expensive, And thus who received the least amount of attorney and expert time, Had an increased probability of receiving a death sentence. Defendants with less than $320, 000 in terms of representation costs (the bottom 1/3 of federal capital trials) had a 44% chance of receiving a death sentence at trial. On the other hand, Those defendants whose representation costs were higher than $320, 000 (the remaining 2/3 of federal capital trials) had only a 19% chance of being sentenced to death. Thus, The study concluded that defendants with low representation costs were more than twice as likely to receive a death sentence.
    The death penalty costs much more annually than life in prison. The state of California, In one year, Uses over $250 million on death penalty, And just $11. 5 million on life in prison.

  • Look at at least one study!!

    If an 18 year old were to go to get a life sentence in prison, it would take about 135 years, longer than a lifetime, for the 18 year old to catch up to the cost if he were to receive capital punishment instead of a life sentence. Look at one paper and anyone will find I am correct.

  • Because it does

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  • Do Your Research!!!!!

    In California alone up to 2012:

    Assessment of Costs by Judge Arthur Alarcon and Prof. Paula Mitchell (2011, updated 2012)

    The authors concluded that the cost of the death penalty in California has totaled over $4 billion since 1978:

    $1.94 billion--Pre-Trial and Trial Costs
    $925 million--Automatic Appeals and State Habeas Corpus Petitions
    $775 million--Federal Habeas Corpus Appeals
    $1 billion--Costs of Incarceration

    The authors calculated that, if the Governor commuted the sentences of those remaining on death row to life without parole, it would result in an immediate savings of $170 million per year, with a savings of $5 billion over the next 20 years.

  • It costs 10 times more

    Executing a person only costs about 100 dollars, to buy the drugs, but the trials and all of that cost much more than keeping that person in a normal jail. The jail they are in while waiting for the execution is much more secure and expensive. No offence, but most of you guys saying yes probably didn't do extensive research on this subject.

  • In many cases, it can cost more.

    It depends on the prisoner and their circumstances for being on Death Row. A protracted legal battle for a high profile case can often cost the state or federal system much more than it would ever spend on the custody and upkeep of a prisoner in for life. Death penalty really isn't a deterrent for crime, either.

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