death penalty

Life without parole costs less

Gov. (Jerry) Brown could save taxpayers billions of dollars with the stroke of a pen. He would only need to commute the sentences of the 703 death row inmates to life without parol ...

Death penalty costs mount

Steve Cavolt’s frustration at the slowness and cost of our death penalty system is palpable (Reader Input, March 9). The only solutions proposed are to hire more lawyers and to p ...

Kill the death row dwellers

I am responding to Paul Comiskey’s letter of March 2 titled “Death row costs way too much.” Why? Because our elected officials and judges keep them in prison for 20-, 30-ye ...

Death row costs way too much

The crime victims’ compensation fund will soon be out of money. It helps victims of violent crime with medical bills and counselling. Families are helped with funeral expenses. ...

Death penalty too expensive

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to sell 11 state buildings for $1.2 billion dollars in a desperate attempt to ease a $28 billion budget deficit. This will change the state from ...

Death penalty a cruel joke

The second question asked of Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown during their recent debate was how would they speed the death penalty. Brown mumbled something about Chief Justice (Ronald ...

Death penalty losing support

I have done a survey at Placer High School. I interviewed 10 teachers and 10 students about the death penalty, with simple questions like, “Do you believe in the death penalty? ...

Death penalty is ‘barbaric’

How uplifting to see the recent letters reasoning against the death penalty. I have long viewed its use as barbaric, immoral and, above all, a colossal waste of money. We could h ...

Time to abolish death penalty

The death penalty’s greatest cost is suffering to the families of murder victims. Dorothy Sanders (said) that her daughter was murdered in 1990 and she fears that she will not ...

Prison for life a better idea

Many families of murder victims find little relief or benefit from “Sending criminals to the next level,” (Reader Input, April 23). Instead, many support a less expensive alte ...

Send criminals to the next level

RE: “Death penalty costs too much,” (Reader Input, April 21). The tax dollars we could save should be called “Education by Execution,” by actually following through and re ...

Death penalty costs too much

Execution is too expensive. In California, it costs $125 million per year more than the costs for keeping prisoners locked up for life. Death penalty trials cost two to three time ...

Abolish the death penalty

An Orange County jury sentenced Billy Joe Johnson to death last month. He begged for the death penalty. He was the 46-year-old “shot caller” of a white supremacist gang who or ...

Save parks, not death penalty

We ought to shut down the death penalty system rather than the state parks to save $140 million a year. That is how much we spend for death row lawyers and prison guards each year. ...

Case example of innocent suffering death penalty

The case of Troy Davis highlights some of the many problems that death penalty supporters have no answers for: the risk of innocent people being executed, inadequate counsel, and r ...