June 5, 2009
The challenging economics of death causing problems in Chicago
This local public radio segment from Chicago, headlined "State's Attorney Will Continue Seeking Death Penalty," provides a windy city perspective of the challenges of death penalty administration during tight economic times. Here is the lead in to the segment:
Prosecutors in Cook County say they will continue seeking the death penalty. That's in response to a request from the public defender's office to take the option of capital punishment off the table. The public defender says his office has run out of money used specifically to defend clients facing the death penalty. Sally Daly is with the state's attorney's office. She says a lack of money is no reason to change the judicial process.
Some recent related posts on the costs of capital punsihment:
- Georgia struggles to pay for a costly capital system
- Great new (though still dated) examination of the death penalty and plea bargaining
- CNN now talking about the costs of the death penalty and state reforms
- States considering laying off the death penalty during tough economic times
- The economic case against the death penalty getting more and more attention
- More discussion of cost concerns in debates over the death penalty
- Capital case cost concerns continue to inform reform debate
- Still more discussion of the costs of the death penalty
- "Opponents Focus On Cost In Death Penalty Debate"
- What might 2009 have in store for . . . the death penalty in the US?
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How about if people who support the death penalty agree to its suspension during the recession, if those opposed to it agree to its renewal when the economy recovers?
Oh, OK. But at least we'll be able to stop pretending that this cost business is anything other than a make-weight argument for a preconceived position.
Posted by: Bill Otis | Jun 5, 2009 6:02:52 PM