if the Death penalty costs More than life without parole because of procedures?

doesn't that imply that those that are sentences to life without parole are not given the same opportunities to prove their innocence? Do you only want to make sure an innocent man isnt killed but if he just rots in jail for the rest of his life its okay to make that mistake? To house, feed and administer medical, dental, hygiene and ultimately the same cost after death would be a pretty high sum so it would have to be alot of extra advantages for the death row inmates vs life inmates.

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  • 9 years ago
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    That is one of the three reasons that the death penalty offers greater protections for innocents.

    The Death Penalty: Saving Innocent Lives

    Dudley Sharp, contact info below

    updated 11/2011


    Of all human endeavors that put innocents at risk, is there one with a better record of sparing innocent lives than the US death penalty? Unlikely.

    1) "The Death Penalty: More Protection for Innocents"


    2) Opponents in capital punishment have blood on their hands, Dennis Prager, 11/29/05, http://townhall.com/columnists/DennisPrager/2005/1...

    3) "A Death Penalty Red Herring: The Inanity and Hypocrisy of Perfection", Lester Jackson Ph.D.,


    The false innocence claims by anti death penalty activists are both blatant and legendary. Some examples:

    4) "The Innocent Executed: Deception & Death Penalty Opponents"


    5) The 130 (now 139) death row "innocents" scam


    6) "Exoneration Inflation: Justice Scalia’s Concurrence in Kansas v. March", by Ward Campbell, Supervising Deputy Attorney General, California Department of Justice, p 49, The Journal of the

    Institute for the Advancement of Criminal Justice, Issue 2, Summer 2008,


    7) "The innocence tactic: Unreliable studies and disinformation", reports By United States Congress, Senate, 107th Congress, 2d Session, Calender no 731, Report 107-315. The Innocence Protection Act of 2002, (iv) The innocence tactic: Unreliable studies and disinformation, p 65-69, http://alturl.com/6j7oc

    8) "The Innocent and the Shammed", Joshua Marquis, Published in New York Times, 1/26/2006


    9) "Troy Davis & The Innocent Frauds of the anti death penalty lobby", http://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/2011/11/troy-davis-i...

    10) "The Myth Of Innocence"­, Joshua Marquis, pu­blished in the Journal of Criminal Law & Criminolog­y - 3/31/2005, Northweste­rn University School of Law, Chicago, Illinois


    Source(s): 11) Sister Helen Prejean & the death penalty: A Critical Review" http://homicidesurvivors.com/2009/05/04/sister-hel... 12) "At the Death House Door" Can Rev. Carroll Pickett be trusted?" http://homicidesurvivors.com/2009/01/30/fact-check... 13) "Cameron Todd Willingham: Another Media Meltdown", A Collection of Articles http://homicidesurvivors.com/categories/Cameron%20...
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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Exactly, I agree and concur completely! The rule of law is that the law should be applied equally to all, meaning those who are sentenced to life with out parole should have the same rights to appeals as those who are sentenced to death! Hence forth it should not cost more to put someone to death than it does to keep them in prison for life. The death penalty is way underused in our society, and punishments for violent crimes, sexual crimes and crimes against children are way to lenient which is why, in my opinion, society continues to deteriorate!

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  • 9 years ago

    The reasons may surprise you. The initial part of the legal process is far more complex than for any other kind of criminal case. The largest costs come at the pre-trial and trial stages. The tremendous expenses in a death penalty case apply whether or not the defendant is convicted, let alone sentenced to death.

    Examples- trial costs (death penalty and non death penalty cases, California):

    People v. Scott Peterson, Death Penalty Trial

    $3.2 Million Total

    People v. Rex Allen Krebs Death Penalty Trial

    $2.8 Million Total

    People v. Cary Stayner, Death Penalty Trial

    $2.368 Million Total

    People v. Robert Wigley, Non-Death Penalty Trial

    $454,000 Total

    This data is for cases where the best records have been kept.

    Some factors:

    • more pre-trial time will be needed to prepare: cases typically take a year to come to trial

    • more pre-trial motions 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 must 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

    The numbers vary from state to state, but they all point in the same direction. From a fairly typical state study of the costs of the death penalty:

    “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)

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  • 9 years ago

    It is funny the pro life people are pro death.

    It is not my decision whether is is OK to kill anyone. Thou shalt not kill.

    The whole conservative movement is one big hypocrisy.

    That is why they can flip flop it is acceptable as well as lying.

    The most corrupt of the 2 Parties is the Republicans with at least 50% of the democrats.

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  • 9 years ago

    It is a long process but the person is going to die. That's why he gets so many chances to change his fate. People that are lifers have options to prove their innocence. Our justice system is not perfect but it is all we have.

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  • John E
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    I have yet another alternative. All LIFERS are imprisoned in India -- pennies a day. To hell with them. Death penalty = lifelong trip to india. Bye bye.

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