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User currently offlinePortcolumbus From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1615 posts, RR: 4
Posted (13 years 7 months 23 hours ago) and read 746 times:

How much does it cost to operate the electric chair? Wouldn't it be cheaper to make them stick a metal fork into an electrical outlet?

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User currently offlineDG_pilot From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 856 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (13 years 7 months 21 hours ago) and read 698 times:

Two minutes of time and a 50 cent bullet would be cheap too.

User currently offlinePortcolumbus From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1615 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (13 years 7 months 14 hours ago) and read 681 times:

good point

User currently offlineCstarU From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 7 months 1 hour ago) and read 663 times:

In Texas a death penalty case costs taxpayers an average of $2.3 million, about three times the cost of imprisoning someone in a single cell at the highest security level for 40 years. In Florida, each execution is costing the state $3.2 million. In financially strapped California, one report estimated that the state could save $90 million each year by abolishing capital punishment. The New York Department of Correctional Services estimated that implementing the death penalty would cost the state about $118 million annually.

source: The Death Penalty Information Center, "Millions Misspent: What Politicians Don't Say About the High Costs of the Death Penalty," October, 1992


User currently offlineDG_pilot From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 856 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (13 years 7 months 1 hour ago) and read 657 times:

The government is not volunteerly spending this money (if IF those figures are correct), the prisoners are costing them this much due to the many unneccessary hearings and other legal procedures as a result of the numerous loopholes and other niches that allow for senseless legal manuevering.

The prisoners and their lawyers know that the longer they clog the system and the longer they put things off, the better the chance they have of winning. That's why it is costing what it costs.

If these holes would be plugged and the redundant procedures were eliminated like they should be, it would cost extremely little.

Don't like that argument? Here's another one. I would STILL rather pay for the "supposedly" higher cost of permanantly relieving society of their destructive selves then have them in there sitting or out on the streets again.


User currently offlineGuerosinfe From Brazil, joined Mar 2001, 316 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (13 years 7 months ago) and read 651 times:

I once heard that the U.S. spend more an year with prisions and stuff costs than with education.
I think that any country must spend more with education that is the real future of the country than with any punishment for people that are a dirty part of the present and the past.
This in my opinion show that they are more interested in prisioners than in the kids of the future.

GüeroSinFé


User currently offlineDG_pilot From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 856 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (13 years 7 months ago) and read 651 times:

"This in my opinion show that they are more interested in prisioners than in the kids of the future."

Well, what you just said shows me you are more interested in money then anything else.

The placement of money does not always mirror the placement of concern.

I think less should be spent either places. Actually, I would like $O.OO spend on the U.S. Department of Education. It is not outlined in the Constitution and the powers it has came to absorb SPECIFICALLY belong to the States only.


User currently offlineKonaB777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (13 years 6 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 629 times:

If prisoners were actually killed when put on death row instead of locked up for 15 years beforehand, it wouldn't cost as much.

User currently offlineN766AS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (13 years 6 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 624 times:

>I think that any country must spend more with education that is the real future of the country than with any punishment for people that are a dirty part of the present and the past.

I should hope the US government spends more on federal prisons than on education, because the federal government has no place in education.


I agree with Dustin... a bullet would be much cheaper. And a more effective system of execution. The injection is just too calm.


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