Study: End death cases, save money

By , December 29, 2009 12:36 pm

If the state stopped trying to execute killers, it would free up $11 million a year, according to a study by a Duke University economist published this month.

There is little return on the dollars spent on seeking the death penalty, says Philip Cook, an economist at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy. Of the 1,034 people charged with murder in North Carolina in 2005 and 2006, prosecutors initially sought the death penalty against about a quarter of them. Only 11, though, were sentenced to death for their crimes.

“The idea that the state could spend so much money on someone they think is completely undeserving is very interesting,” Cook said. “I have to believe that there are some people that would find this cost issue irritating.”

via Study: End death cases, save money – Local/State – NewsObserver.com.

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