This post is for the individual who doubted me when I told them that the cost of the death penalty is higher than the cost of life without parole.
Not that this is the strongest argument against the death penalty. But it is counter-intuitive. A study in Kansas showed:
# The investigation costs for death-sentence cases were about 3 times greater than for non-death cases.
# The trial costs for death cases were about 16 times greater than for non-death cases.
# The appeal costs for death cases were 21 times greater.
# Trials involving a death sentence averaged 34 days, including jury selection; non-death trials averaged about 9 days.
Of course, some argue the appeals process is too long, and needs to be tightened. It depends on your priorities. Shorten the appeals process and you’ll save some money, but you will also guarantee there will be a higher risk of error. When you make an error and sentence someone to life imprisonment…while they can’t have the lost years back, they are still alive.