Monday, March 07, 2005


California has 640 inmates on death row.

According to a report that just surfaced in the Los Angeles Times, maintaining the California death penalty system costs taxpayers more than $114 million a year beyond the cost of simply keeping the convicts locked up for like and not counting the millions more for appeals.

And the $114 million annual cost does not include the substantial extra funds needed by counties in order to try complicated capital cases.

$114 million per year. 640 people on death row. That's $178,125 per person on death row, per year.


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