Costs of the Death Penalty | Death Penalty Information CenterCalifornia
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.
"We ain't a sharp species. We kill each other over arguments about what happens when you die, then fail to see the ******* irony in that." - Justin Halpern
You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo
Originally Posted by A. de Tocqueville
Yes, some don't - Gary Gilmore and Timothy McVeigh come to mind, but the vast majority try very hard to get a death sentence commuted to life in prison.