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.