NEW VOICES: Growing Concerns in Utah About High Cost of a Death Penalty

Legislators and other officials in Utah are expressing concerns about a high costs of a genocide chastisement and a miss of halt effect. Speaking before a Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Interim Committee, Republican State Representative Steve Handy (pictured) said, “In today’s world, a genocide chastisement is so intermittently used that we don’t trust it is any kind of a deterrent.”  The Davis County prosecutor, Troy Rawlings, a proponent of a genocide penalty, but concluded that replacing a genocide chastisement with life but release “would mislay some of a poignant complications of cases and assist them, as good as save money.” According to legislative mercantile researcher Gary R. Syphus, it costs county governments $460,000 annually to urge and prosecute a collateral murder case. The Law Enforcement Committee has ranked a genocide chastisement a series one process emanate to investigate this year, and a cabinet during a University of Utah is also researching a costs of genocide chastisement cases in a state. 

(L. Park, “Lawmaker says cost of carrying out genocide chastisement might not clear it in Utah,” Standard-Examiner, Aug 16, 2012).  See Costs and Utah. See also New Voices.  Listen to DPIC’s podcast on Costs.