With the recession deepening, many states in the U.S. are facing budget deficits. Some highly unusual cost cutting measures are being proposed, and one of them is abolishing the death penalty. It seems, amazing enough, that capital punishment is more expensive than life imprisonment. The ratio is almost 3 to 1. Especially the appeals procedure and the special measures on death row are costly.
In a previous post, I talked about some of the unintended consequences of human rights activitism and how good intentions can go wrong. It now seems that the opposite can also be true: policies that are motivated by reasons that have nothing to do with morality can have morally beneficial results.