Jails / Prisons : Death Penalty Costs vs. Life Imprisonment Costs

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  1. legit-writer

    legit-writer Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Me and someone was having a debate on whether or not the death penalty is more expensive than life in prison. I told him that it does cost more and he asks "What if he spends 60 years in jail?" He basically believes that it costs more for life in prison than the death penalty. What do you think and do any of you have stats to back it up?
     
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    It costs ~$30k a year to house a prisoner........





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    Cost reflects frequency.

    Consider the costs of a prison at full capacity with a full staff and the cost of a prison with few prisoners with a full staff. There the prisoners reflect frequency.

    For instance, if a Prison held 10,000 people and needed 200 workers, then that same prison with 100 people and 200 workers would be cost inefficient and hence expensive.

    With the death penalty, if 10 people are killed a year, but there needs to be 200 workers all year round then it's inefficient and expensive. However, if 10,000 people were killed every year, it's efficient and inexpensive.

    Obviously, that's a separate problem, but you get the picture.
     
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    doesn't it vary from state to state?
     
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    does that outweigh how much it cost for the death penalty?
     
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    I think he was getting to the heart of the matter without saying what the solution is. So I'll say it. If a person has been found guilty beyond a shadow of a doubt, and has been given the death penalty, why prolong it? The cost is constantly rising, I know it sounds morbid and it is easy to say when it's not you, or your relative, but we have to face this fact. To go to Princeton cost $37,000 per year, and $44,000 to keep a person in jail in New Jersey state.



    http://www.theatlantic.com/national...costs-more-than-one-year-at-princeton/247629/



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    If you take your premise of the time of incarceration vs say 10-15 on death row......





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