Tuesday, 26 December 2006

Millions Misspent

Read the DPIC Report: Millions Misspent: What Politicians Don't Say About the Death Penalty (updated version, 1994)

• NY - The estimated costs for New York’s death penalty, which was reinstated in 1995: $160 million, or approximately $23 million for each person sentenced to death, with no executions likely for many years. (The Times Union, Sept. 22, 2003)
• NE - Because of one death penalty case in Nebraska, the Madison County Public Defender’s Office doesn’t have time to meet with their regular clients and prepare adequate defenses, in violation of their code of ethics. Attorneys are withdrawing from all new cases to which they are appointed. (Lincoln Journal Star, Sept. 22, 2003)
• OH - In Ohio, the low pay for death penalty representation coupled with the pressure of the cases has meant a shortage of qualified attorneys: In Mahoning County, only 4 lawyers qualify for lead death penalty work; in Trumbull County, 2; in Columbiana County, only 1. (Youngstown Vindicator, Sept. 22, 2003)

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