How has death penalty affected the Economy?
I am supposed to do a report on how the death penalty has affected the economy, but I am not 100% sure how it has..
Is it because it is so expensive? or something else similar to that?
- Susan SLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
The death penalty is much more expensive than life in prison, and financial resources are scarce. The question is whether the death penalty is a wise use of scarce resources that could be used to more effectively prevent and reduce crime.
As you may already know, homicide rates and rates of violent crime are higher in states and regions with the death penalty than in those without it.
Many people wonder why and at what stage the death penalty process is so expensive. The bulk of the expenses are upfront, for pre trial investigations and the actual initial trial. How come??
• more pre-trial time will be needed to prepare: cases typically take a year to come to trial
• more pre-trial motions will be filed and answered
• more experts will be hired
• twice as many attorneys will be appointed for the defense, and a comparable team for the prosecution
• jurors will have to be individually quizzed on their views about the death penalty, and they are more likely to be sequestered
• two trials instead of one will be conducted: one for guilt and one for punishment
• the trial will be longer: a cost study at Duke University estimated that death penalty trials take 3 to 5 times longer than typical murder trials
Here's an excerpt from a state report that gives some idea of the extent of the costs:
Kansas: “The study counted death penalty case costs through to execution and found that the median death penalty case costs $1.26 million. Non-death penalty cases were counted through to the end of incarceration and were found to have a median cost of $740,000. For death penalty cases, the pre-trial and trial level expenses were the most expensive part, 49% of the total cost. 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 ($508,000 for death case; $32,000 for non-death case).” (. Kansas: Performance Audit Report: Costs Incurred for Death Penalty Cases: A K-GOAL Audit of the Department of Corrections)
- El GuapoLv 71 decade ago
Susan's answer is the best one here.
Simply put, because the death penalty is such a drain on taxpayer money (for all the reasons she cited), it will inevitably result in either (a) higher taxes (which leaves less disposable income for citizens) or (b) scaled down government services, which could be anything from road maintenance & repair, police officers, fire stations, etc. Usually, the government is one of the largest employers in any state, so this would also likely increase the unemployment rate.
I hope that helps. Good luck on your report!
- 1 decade ago
I am no economist but I don't think the death penalty has any sort of effect on the economy. I mean the Death penalty is not what is driving up gas prices or causing the stock market to crash
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- 1 decade ago
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- 1 decade ago
It would be alot more heplful to the economy if people would just let the government do it. The convicts spend so much more money to try to get the sentence appealed and for legal issues the jails need permits and stuff.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Well thats a tough question....it costs money yes to perform that, but at the same time killing off one person will effect it because for one: that person has no more ability to buy anything, and for two, its one less person in the work force to having to be paid wages....I guess its not really one or the other