Since 1973, when states began sentencing people to death under new capital punishment statutes, there have been 8,300 death sentences through the end of 2011.
The bill to U.S. taxpayers for those sentences amounts to almost $25 billion, a staggering sum for the 85 percent of the United States counties that have not had a single case resulting in an execution.
If this cost is divided by the number of executions during that time, the result is that taxpayers are doling out almost $20 million per execution.
Instead of one execution, states could pay the salaries of more than 250 more police officers or teachers for a year at $75,000 each.
— Information courtesy of The 2 percent Death Penalty
How America Fails Its Prisoners – Paula Cooper was among the youngest sentenced to death row in Indiana.
The 2 Percent Death Penalty: How a Minority of Counties Produce Most Death Cases. A report from the Death Penalty Information Center by Richard C. Dieter, Executive Director, Washington, D.C., in October 2013. Its an excellent report – long, but you can choose topics you are most interested in.
Federal Prison Population Drops for First Time in Three Decades, Eric Holder says. This is an article regarding state/federal population and overcrowding stats and sentencing changes.
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