Friday 23 February 2018

Death penalty is a costly process

When Sean Alexander Smith joked that the imposition of the guillotine in Ireland would be "too flash" for recessionary times (Letters, June 11), he should have borne in mind the fact that the restoration of the death penalty in any form could have far greater fiscal consequences than the imposition of life without parole.

I am a law student residing in California, and I am conducting research as to why the execution process in this state is so costly and cumbersome. California has more than 700 inmates on death row, but it has only executed 13 inmates since 1976.

The endless cost of death penalty appeals in California is draining millions of dollars away from its budgetary coffers, which is money that could be put to better use in investigating cold case homicides.

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