Life in Prison VS. The Death Penalty- A Surprising Fact

I am going to start this off by being clear, I am not putting forth my opinion, just stating a fact on this very controversial topic. Many would be surprised at some of the facts surrounding this debate, as many think they know everything when it comes to the death penalty. So, I am going to put forth this single fact, and let you have your opinion.

Life in prison is cheaper than the death penalty. In fact, it costs much more to end someone’s life. Why you might be wondering, one reason is the court process. It costs money to have an attorney (and in some cases several), experts, and juries. On top of those fees, you are still paying to house the convicted, while they are on trial. According to The Marshall Project, “A 2010 report prepared for the Judicial Conference of the United States found that between 1989 and 1997 the median cost of a federal death penalty case that went to trial was $269,139; between 1998 and 2004 it had grown to $620,932”. and according to, “the cost of the death penalty in California has totaled over $4 billion since 1978”.

Again, this may not be a factor in your mind at all, and that is your choice. I just wanted to draw a little light on a subject many of of think we know everything about, but are surprised to learn this detail. I found another interesting website on the pros and cons of the death penalty in general. If you are interested in the debate, take a look.


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