The New York Times has an excellent editorial this morning, "High Cost of Death Row." Most people believe that killing someone is cheaper than putting them in prison for life but solitary confinement, execution chambers, and lengthy capital trials — to say nothing of the absolutely necessary federal habeas corpus proceedings — all result in a much higher cost. As the Times correctly informs us, "Money spent on death rows could be spent on police officers, courts, public defenders, legal service agencies and prison cells."
Cost is not the most morally persuasive argument but when you consider the other ways in which we could spend the money, the right thing to do is quite clear.
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