Five Reasons Conservatives Should Oppose the Death Penalty

5. Capital punishment costs taxpayers more money. The Death Penalty Information Center has documented numerous accounts of capital punishment cases costing the taxpayers more. For example, according to a report by the Kansas Judicial Council, “defense costs for death penalty trials averaged $395,762 per case, compared to $98,963 per case when the death penalty was not sought.”[ii] Not only this, but death penalty cases generally require more time, require special confinement, and involve appeals cases. All of this adds up and is put on the taxpayers. Life-sentences cost far less money than capital punishment, so opposing capital punishment would be to promote lower taxes.

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