Costs

Death Penalty Issues - Costs

Arizona DoC Paid $1.5 Million for Execution Drugs While Facing a Budget Crisis

 April 22, 2021  At a time in which the Arizona Department of Corrections is facing criticism for crumbling infrastructure, substandard medical care, and understaffing, the department has spent $1.5 million to purchase the lethal-injection drug pentobarbital from an undisclosed source. The exorbitant price, experts say, is a function of the questionable use of the drug for non-medical purposes and the secretive nature of the transaction.

Cost to keep death penalty merits debate in Oregon: Oregonian Editorial

Five years ago, former Gov. John Kitzhaber made an announcement that was as bold as it was surprising: His voice shaking with emotion, Kitzhaber declared that he would not allow any executions to take place as long as he was governor.  Learn More

Sentenced to Death For Life: Part II

Paul Demuniz

Oregon’s Costly and Penologically Ineffective Death Penalty Law
The second essay by Paul J. De Muniz and Lee N. Gilgan in this article series.
If you missed the first article you can read it here.

Oct. 17th Salem: A Conversation with the Superintendent

Frank Thompson, former superintendent of the Oregon State Penitentiary, has spoken with legislatures in Maryland and Nebraska; with governors in Colorado and Oregon; and was recently published in the New York Times. On Monday, Oct 17th at Salem’s Center 50+, citizens can have a conversation with him.

Seeking death penalty adds $1M to prosecution cost, study says

Seattle University studies Washington State Costs of the Death Penalty
An in-depth study by four Seattle University professors found costs related to pursuing the death penalty are about 1.4 to 1.5 times more than when a prosecutor does not seek death.
 

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