The death spiral of the death penalty

By Marc Hyden Conservatives Concerned about the Death Penalty was recently featured in News Works. Author Dick Polman discusses the waning support for the death penalty and the decline of its use. Polman said, It’s no wonder that a group called Conservatives Against the Death Penalty says: “Capital punishment is a bloated government program that has clogged our courts, delayed justice for victims’ families, and devoured millions of crime-fighting dollars.” And why is state-sanctioned death so costly? Because, the group rightly says, “a life is on the line. Capital cases involve more lawyers, more witnesses, more experts, a longer jury selection process, more pre-trial motions, an entirely separate trial to determine the sentence, and countless other expenses – racking up exorbitant costs even before a single appeal is filed.”

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