Thursday, December 11, 2008

Use coupons. Turn down thermostat. Switch off electric chair.

From Reuters News Service:

The Death Penalty Information Center said on Thursday that 2008 has been the third straight year of declining executions...

High legal and security costs are a key factor behind a rethink of the death penalty in many of the 36 U.S. states that still sanction it -- especially with the United States gripped by a deepening recession.

The report said by one estimate each of the five executions in Maryland in the past three decades cost about $37 million.

"Both New York and New Jersey recently abandoned the death penalty after weighing the merits of a system in which tens of millions of dollars were being spent with virtually nothing to show for it," the report said.

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