Many believe the death penalty is cheapest way to get rid of some of the worst criminals there are but many would be incorrect. Capital punishment is a very big issue that has been brought to light in our country over the last fifty years or so. The biggest argument on this topic is not the moral problems but the cost of using this type of punishment. We are finding out now that it is actually cheaper to keep the prisoners locked away for life than to execute them. According to a former jurist from California named Donald McCartin, he says, “It’s 10 times more expensive to kill than to keep them alive”. The problem inlying with many states that still use the death penalty is that many of the politicians do not know the statistics behind the costs.
According to a study done by the LA times it costs the tax payers an extra 114 million more a year in California to keep someone on death row compared to life in prison. California has only executed about 11 people over the last 27 years. Take costs for each execution and it is around $250 million per inmate paid by the tax payers of California. For something that is morally wrong and very expensive many politicians fight to keep it.
It can be over 20 years after sentencing to the death penalty that it actually occurs. It takes years of legal battles and drawn out appeals in court. New Jersey recently banned the death penalty for this issue alone back in 2007. It was estimated that the average cost for the death penalty is around 4.2 million for each execution case yet none were actually executed. It has been found that in California it costs an extra 90,000 dollars more per inmate to house someone on death row. States are facing many budget cuts and can not afford to use the death penalty anymore and are as a result are abolishing capital punishment. States have hundreds who have been sentenced to death yet in the United States last year under 50 inmates were executed.
Giving someone life without parole compared to the death penalty creates many opportunities for the inmates to be exonerated of charges. With new technology being used in crime labs it gives the inmate the right sentence. The death penalty has killed many that actually weren’t guilty of the crime but were charged with the crime. It has been found after the person is put to death that the truth is found about who actually committed the crime. The United States is one of few that still practice the death penalty, other have been able to see what we can not.