The Cost of Capital Punishment

December 27, 2007 | CUNY Lecture Series, Graduate Center

The death penalty — which exists in the majority of U.S. states — is rarely imposed by the courts. Sentencing anyone to death is extremely expensive due to the high volume of appeals, according to New York University sociologist David Garland. Prof. Garland, who is the Arthur T. Vanderbilt Professor of Law at NYU, points out that Texas, the state with the most executions in the last year, has spent $2.3 million on legal expenses for each inmate on death row. In a lecture at the CUNY Graduate Center, Prof. Garland discusses the evolution of capital punishment and how the current moral and political controversies surrounding the death penalty impact the U.S. and beyond.
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