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Professor Obstfeld English 100 13 November 2013 The Cost of Execution The current state of California’s economy is by no means perfect. There is an absurd amount of financial debt and budget cuts throughout many of the public services that are a part of the daily lives of the average citizen. Hospitals, emergency response units, parks, beaches, and even public schools are all losing money. One thing being cut short is California’s education system. California’s per-student spending is 28% lower than the national average (Fensterwald). Community colleges alone have lost $809 million dollars in funding from 2008 to 2012 (“Key Facts About California Community Colleges”). These are big problems that lead to dangerous consequences. Studies conducted by the Justice Policy Institute show that areas with higher education rates have significantly lower crime rates (“Education and Public Safety”). Cutting funding from California’s education department is clearly not going to help lower the crime rate. But there are measures Californians can take to help fix these problems. American political activist Ralph Nader once said that “it costs more to pursue a capital case toward execution than it does to have full life imprisonment without parole” (Nader). There are other more cost-efficient ways of punishing death row inmates, such as Life Without Parole (LWOP). Capital punishment should not be implemented in California because it is a poor use of the taxpayers’ money. California’s use of the death penalty is not worth the amount of money funneled into it in comparison to the much more cost-efficient LWOP. California has spent over four billion dollars on capital punishment since its reinstatement in 1978, despite only carrying out thirteen executions since then (Magagnini). The housing alone for a single one of the 731 death row inmates costs an additional $90,000 every year compared to the non death row prisoners (“Costs of the Death Penalty”). Instead of using a system that is clearly a

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