Mr. O’Malley, a Democrat and a Roman Catholic who has cited religious opposition to the death penalty in the past, is now arguing that capital cases cost three times as much as homicide cases where the death penalty is not sought. “And we can’t afford that,” he said, “when there are better and cheaper ways to reduce crime.”Amazing that it costs $2 million dollars more to execute someone then it does to just let them live the rest of their life in jail. Also amazing that it costs $1 million dollars to send someone to jail for the rest of their life. With 16,000 murders in the US each year, this adds up fast.
The Urban Institute study of Maryland concluded that because of appeals, it cost as much as $1.9 million more for a state prosecutor to put someone on death row than it did to put a person in prison. A case that resulted in a death sentence cost $3 million, the study found, compared with less than $1.1 million for a case in which the death penalty was not sought.
via NY Times