COSTS: Why a Death Penalty Costs So Much

Death chastisement cases cost some-more than typical cases since all a lawyers, judges, and other crew will put some-more hours into preparing, trying, and reviewing a issues, given that a life is during stake.  Jack D’Aurora (pictured) of a Behal Law Group, essay in The Columbus Dispatch, described a time put in by only one sovereign decider in Ohio reviewing a collateral box towards a finish of a appeal, including a fatal injection process: “Hearings are attended, during a minimum, by 3 partner attorneys general, 3 attorneys for a inmate, a Lucasville jail warden, a executive of a Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, warn and other officials from a department, [the judge] and his dual law clerks. These people all are paid by possibly a state or a sovereign government. Hearings can final from a few hours to mixed days.”  The decider estimated that he and his staff spend 40 to 60 hours per month on some aspect of a genocide penalty. D’Aurora remarkable that new cases took an normal of 21 years between sentencing and execution date. “The cost expected is millions per case,” he noted.  “Life sentences though release would offer us most better, though we are fixated on a routine that drains supervision resources,” he concluded.

(J. D’Aurora, “Death-penalty cases rubbish a lot of taxpayers’ money,” Columbus Dispatch, Aug. 8, 2012).  See Costs.  Listen to DPIC’s podcast on Costs.