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Capital Punishment (13): A Positive Side-Effect of the Recession – Death Penalty Becomes Too Expensive

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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.


11 thoughts on “Capital Punishment (13): A Positive Side-Effect of the Recession – Death Penalty Becomes Too Expensive

  1. Rachael Rampi says:

    I think that abolishing the death penalty in order to cut back on expenses is a great idea. The US spends an extra 3.4 million dollars a year because of capital punishment. I do not think that this should be temporary; it should be permanent. This is because these people should not be put out of their misery; they need to contemplate for the rest of their long lives what they did wrong. I do not think abolishing the death penalty will make a difference on the amount of crime that occurs because it has still seizes to deter crime. Lastly, putting a criminal to death put them out of this world but it only creates another family to suffer the loss of a loved one. Capital punishment will NEVER bring a victim back to life.

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  4. Anonymous says:

    I say bring the death penalty back. It’s more expensive to keep somone in jail than to rid the community of them via capital punishment, and the money’s coming out of our pockets. Saying that jailing these villains gives them time to contemplate the crime they’ve commited is just stupid, by that time they’ll be planning their next attack.

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