Essay on The Execution Of The Death Penalty

1242 Words Dec 6th, 2016 5 Pages
The second reason to change the method of execution in the United States is finances. Cases without the death penalty cost the government approximately $740,000, while cases with the death penalty cost over than $1.2 million. It amounts to almost a $500,000 difference. To maintain a death row prisoner in prison costs taxpayers $90,000 more per year than a prisoner in the general population. At this moment, in 2016 there are 714 inmates on California 's death row (“Costs of the Death Penalty”). Also, the death penalty is growing more expensive with each passing year. A 2014 study in Kansas reported that a death row prisoner costs twice as much as the general population prisoner. It is a $25,000 difference and it is due to heightened security (Chammah, 2016). According to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, the cost of the drugs used in lethal injection is around 80 dollars (“Costs of the Death Penalty”). Maintaining a death-row prisoner is a lot more expensive than executing him. Therefore it provides effectiveness in saving money and furthermore death penalties would not be prohibited in the United States. With all the finances which are used to maintain prisoners in good health, to maintain their health with regular medical checkups, and then to ironically kill them through a lethal injection- is a contradiction. The initiating process for transplantations of death-row prisoners would be the same principle of a medical person knowing that a death row inmate is…

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