California legislator plans to introduce legislation to “Ban death penalty to save money”

The Sacramento Bee – June 20, 2011 With a new study projecting that enforcing the death penalty will cost taxpayers $5 billion through 2030, Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Oakland, plans to introduce legislation in the coming days to ban capital punishment in the state. In a study to be published next week in the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review, U.S. 9th Circuit Judge Arthur Alarcon and Loyola Law School professor Paula Mitchell say that all the legal and security expenses exclusively tied in with maintaining a death row add $184 million a year to the state’s budget. Hancock, who heads both the Senate Public Safety Committee and the Senate Budget Subcommittee on Corrections, said the state shouldn’t bankrupt itself enforcing “a failed policy.” Her announcement coincided with the release of the study and the state’s unresolved budget situation. [Full Story: http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2011/06/ban-death-penalty-to-save-mone.html ]

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California legislator plans to introduce legislation to “Ban death penalty to save money”