Pursuit of death penalty slows in McL...

Pursuit of death penalty slows in McLennan County and Texas

There are 1 comment on the Waco Tribune-Herald story from Oct 21, 2012, titled Pursuit of death penalty slows in McLennan County and Texas. In it, Waco Tribune-Herald reports that:

At a glance Inmates received on Texas death row per year: Source: Texas Department of Criminal Justice * There are 285 men and 10 women on death row in Texas.

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Dudley Sharp


#2 Oct 21, 2012
WaxoTrib didn't fact check cost issues

To; Editorial Board

From Dudley Sharp

Texas and California are both reviewed, below, as are many others.

It is crucial to check the claims and methodology of the death penalty cost studies. Often they are either very deceptive or inaccurate, just as some studies which compare the costs of the death penalty vs life without parole.

Instead of an apples to apples comparison, we often find a kangaroos to apples comparison.

Make sure you fact check.

Texas cost study

I have told the Dallas Morning News, for many years, to stop using their totally inaccurate cost review. They still use it.

They found that it costs $2.3 million per average death penalty case (for 5 cases), more than 3 times more expensive than a $750,000 life sentence.(C. Hoppe, "Executions Cost Texas Millions," The Dallas Morning News, March 8, 1992, 1A)

The death penalty costs are for pre trial, trial and appeals and incarceration. Yet, the life cost is only for confinement for life. Big problem.

In addition, an academic review, by a neutral academic, found that the verifiable costs in the DMN article actually found the death penalty was cheaper.

p154-156 http://books.google.com/books...


Response to Absurd California Death Penalty Cost "Study"'
I review both of the recent "studies"

Maryland Cost Study Problems: Urban Institute: "Cost of the Death Penalty in Maryland"

Duke (North Carolina) Death Penalty Cost Study: Let's be honest

Cost, Deception & the Death Penalty: The Colorado Experience

"Death Penalty Cost Studies: Saving Costs over LWOP"
Cost Savings: The Death Penalty
many more upon request

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