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What if one day you received a call from your lawyer saying that after receiving the death penalty your father or any relative was innocent How would you feel Capital punishment or death Penalty as some people call it has been around since the 14th century and today the death penalty is still alive in California The death penalty is no help to us In all actuality the death penalty is a hindrance The amount of tax payer dollars spent on inmates on death row is ridiculous There was a study in California for over three years that concentrated on the amount of money spent on capital punishment The study was made by US 9th Circuit Judge Arthur L Alarcon and Paula M Mitchell a professor at Loyola Law School They state that Our research has revealed that 4 billion of state and federal taxpayer money has been expended administering the death penalty in California since 1978 with a cost in 2009 of approximately 184 million above what taxpayers would have spent without the death penalty These totals do not include the additional funds the state is poised to spend to maintain the current broken system In cases in which a defendant faces a maximum penalty of life without the possibility of parole rather than the death penalty there is no penalty phase trial at all Thus the government would not incur these costly expenditures if the death penalty were abolished The costs associated with death penalty trials that took place between 1983 and 2006 averaged about 1 million more per trial than the costs of average nondeath penalty homicide trials This conclusion is also supported by the fact that there are several significant easily identifiable costs incurred in every death penalty trial that are not incurred in nondeath penalty homicideTheir studies show that California residents have spent well over four billion dollars on capital punishment Their studies also show that since capital punishment
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