Report Recommends Reconsideration of Death Penalty in the U.S.

Smart on Crime: Reconsidering the Death Penalty in a Time of Economic Crisis

The Death Penalty Information Center today produced this report which combines an analysis of death penalty costs in the U.S. with recent evidence from a poll of police chiefs to recommend that the U.S. reconsider the existence of the death penalty as a law enforcement mechanism.

The report “analyzes the costs of the death penalty as measured in various state studies. It examines why the death penalty is so expensive and why it may be impossible to cut those costs without endangering fundamental rights. The report looks closely at the opinions of law enforcement experts and finds little support for continuing to spend enormous sums on an ineffective program when so many other areas of need are being short changed.”

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