Critics: States Could Save Millions By Halting Executions


States could save hundreds of millions of dollars by eliminating the death penalty, says the Death Penalty Information Center, which opposes capital punishment. The study says that as government budgets wane, many states spend money on seeking the death penalty, while few actually carry out executions, says the Wichita Eagle. Kansas, for example, has nine inmates on death row but hasn't executed anyone since 1965. The report can be read at this site:

A survey of 500 police chiefs, selected at random, found they preferred putting resources into hiring more officers and spending money on drug and alcohol abuse as better ways to reduce violent crime. Said Wichita Chief Norman Williams: “The focus on more police officers and crime prevention programs sometimes get lost in the discussion; Those are things on the front end, rather than the back end.”

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