Mar 072009

Folks, here’s the fourth instalment of Amazing America.

This post will focus on how the popular death penalty is getting a reprieve in the United States.

Do you know why?

No, not because people here have stopped believing in the eye for an eye retribution but because the death penalty is becoming very expensive and unaffordable for most states.

Here’s what Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley wrote the other day:

First, the death penalty is not only a completely ineffective tool in deterring violent crime, it’s an expensive one. Earlier this year – after months of expert testimony – the Maryland Commission on Capital Punishment found that pursuing a capital case is three times more expensive to taxpayers than pursuing a non-death-penalty homicide conviction. It’s a price of $3 million versus $1.1 million – funds we could be using to help victims’ families, or to prevent more crimes from happening – and more families from suffering the same pain.

According to an AP story in Canada’s Globe and Mail:

Death penalty trials are more expensive for several reasons: Continue reading »