MYTH – THE DEATH-PENALTY IS FAR MORE EXPENSIVE THAN A LIFE SENTENCE (that myth is courtesy of the anti-death penalty zealots)
The anti-death penalty folks and their accomplices in the old media always claim that the death penalty costs far more than a Life Without Parole (LWOP) sentence.
Excerpted from an article by Dudley Sharp,
As a general rule, death penalty cost studies are worthless. Those that purport to compare life without parole (LWOP) costs to death penalty costs are, in most cases, like comparing apples to kangaroos not apples to apples.
For example, death penalty costs calculation include pre-trial, trial, appeals AND incarceration. Yet the anti-death penalty gang only calculates the cost of incarceration for LWOP. HUGE PROBLEM for their credibility.
There is no reason that the death penalty, in general, should be more expensive than LWOP and, in many, if not most cases, the death penalty should be less expensive.
TAKE VIRGINIA AS AN EXAMPLE OF HOW A DEATH SENTENCE SHOULD WORK. How the death penalty will save money over life without parole in Virginia.
Virginia executes condemned killers in 5 to 7 years, (Compared to Kentucky’s average stay on death row of 15 years, the longest being 30 years).
65% of those sentenced to death in Virginia have been executed (In Kentucky only 3 of 36, or 8% have been executed since 1976).
Only 15% of their death penalty cases are overturned.
Virginia’s Supreme Court is more conservative than Kentucky’s far more liberal Supreme Court
With the high costs of long-term imprisonment, such a system, as Virginia’s, a true life sentence will be much more expensive than a death sentence.
All states could duplicate Virginia’s protocol, with the major exception that we can’t transfer Virginia’s appellate judges to other states.