And I do think it is pretty cut and dry, get rid of the death penalty and the cost of justice will go down considerably. Jailing death penalty inmates is more expensive than regular prisoners, and then I am not even talking about the original trial, jury sequestration, cost for legal representation and all the appeals. Lets face it, a capital case costs way more than a regular life without parole, some studies show capital cases to be between 42% more expensive to easily more than double the cost.
A study from Maryland has shown that their 5 executions cost the taxpayer 186 million dollars more than when normal life without parole sentences would have been asked.
California is bleeding money from the death penalty costs. They could save billions by abolishing it.
Even Texas has shown that (sorry but this is a bit older study) that at the time the study was done, Texas spent about 2.3 million dollars for every death penalty case, that was three times more expensive compared to imprisoning someone for 40 years in a single cell at the highest security level.