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ANH NGUYENProfessor: Donna RheaClass: GOVT 2306Homework 31.The death penalty costs more life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. As the information from website dealthpenaltyinfo.org: “each death penalty case in Texas costs taxpayers about $2.3 million. That is about three times the cost of imprisoning someone in a single cell at the highest security level for 40 years”.Before reading the website, I thought the costs for the non-death-penalty cases were lower than the death-penalty cases. However, after that, I figured out that costs of case with death penalty are enormous. This is because the Constitution requires a long and complex judicial process. The costs increase because death penalty trials and appeals takemore time than others, involve more attorneys, lawyers, investigator, experts, witnesses, and displace other cases from courtrooms. This process is needed in order to ensure that an innocent person is not executed for crimes that he or she did not commit; and even with these protections, the risk of executing an innocent person cannot be completely eliminated.In my point of view, the death penalty should be replaced by a sentence of life without the possibility of parole, which saves million dollars and also ensures that the public is protected while eliminating the risk of wrongfully convicted and executed mistake, the saved money could be spent on programs that actually improve our communities.

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