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Another huge point in why the death penalty should be abolished is the money A common misunderstanding of the death penalty is that the cost to execute a convicted criminal is cheaper than to place a convict in prison for life without parole Due to the United States judicial system the process of appeals which is unavoidable with cases involving death as the sentence is extremely expensive and is very time consuming The cost of a capital trial and execution can be two to six times greater than the amount of money needed to house and feed a prisoner for life Studies show incarceration costs roughly 20000 per inmate per year 800000 if a person lives 40 years in prison Research also shows a death-penalty case costs roughly 2 million per execution Kaplan 1997 Capital punishment is extremely expensive and uses up state government money that could be used for a wide range of programs that are beneficial Belolyn Williams-Harold the author for the journal Black Enterprise wrote that county governments are typically responsible for the costs of prosecution and the costs of the criminal trial including attorneys fees and salaries for the members of the courtroom All this money is spent at the expense of the corrections department and crime prevention programs which is already strapped for cash Williams-Harold 1998 These financial constraints such as capital punishment do not support a good society but really just cost the public An argument against the death penalty is the moral issue of human rights The argument of retribution would be even easier to dismiss if it consisted only of a want for revenge As stated by Bedau Society must manifest a terrible anger in the face of a terrible crime for nothing less will suffice to remind us of the moral order by which alone we can live as human beings Bedau 1981 This is a serious moral argument Opponents of capital
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