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California conducts extensive study on costs of death penalty

The California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice has conducted an extensive review of California's death penalty system. The report is available here. Among other findings, the Commission concludes that eliminating the death penalty and substituting terms of life without the possibility of parole would save California approximately $120,000,000 per year. The cost of implementing new procedures designed to decrease time from judgment to execution from 25 years to 12 years would be an additional $95,000,000 per year.

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