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"...millions of dollars spent on the death penalty could be spent to prevent crime, to compensate victims, or other criminal justice costs. In these times of scarce governmental resources, million dollar expenditures on capital punishment can hardly be justified."


Honorable Alan B. Handler, former Associate Justice, New Jersey Supreme Court


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The High COST of New Jersey’s DEATH PENALTY

The complexity, length, and importance of death penalty trials drive their cost through the roof – drawing critical and scarce resources away from law enforcement and driving up local taxes – while creating a more error-prone process.

A sentence of life in prison without parole is more swift, more certain, more fair, and preserves resources for crime prevention and victims’ services that actually work.

Capital Punishment Costs Far More Than Life in Prison Without Parole

State Studies Consistently Demonstrate The High Cost of Capital Punishment

I think I could prove to you that I could put someone in the Waldorf Hotel for 60 to 70 years and feed them three meals a day cheaper than we can litigate a single death penalty case.”
Sterling Goodspeed, former Warren County, NY District Attorney (9)

1 Kathy Barrett Carter, Jurors Avoid the Responsibility for Killing a Stranger in 20 Trials, Star Ledger, Dec. 18, 1988 from State of New Jersey v. Robert Marshall, 130 N.J. 109, 613 A.2d 1059, dissenting opinion, 1992.
2 Tabak and Lane, The Execution of Injustice, 23 Loyola of L.A.L.Rev. 59, 136 (1989), from State of New Jersey v. Robert Marshall, 130 N.J. 109, 613 A.2d 1059, dissenting opinion, 1992.
3 The Times Union, September 21, 2003.
4 Death Penalty Information Center.
5 Ibid.
6 Cook, Slawson, Gries, The Costs of Prosecuting Murder Cases in North Carolina, May 1993.
7 Palm Beach Post, January 4, 2000.
8 Katherine Baicker, The Budgetary Repercussions Of Capital Convictions, Dartmouth College and the National Bureau of Economic Research, October 2002.
9 “Capital Cases Likely to Elude Eager Prosecutors – Upstate Counties Short on Killings, Trial Money,” Bergen Record, Associated Press, April 23, 1995.

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