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WhoIsNumberNone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-22-11 12:24 PM
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114. You're right- it would cost a million to lock somebody up for 40 years
$26,000 per year to feed and clothe and guard a prison inmate x 40 years =$1.04M

The point is it would take 40 years to run up that bill.

And I apologize for sloppily pulling the figure of $1 million out of the air. That was very careless. The actual cost of putting someone to death, according to deathpenaltyinfo.org is $3 million. (http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/documents/FactSheet.pdf ) That number is what the state of Maryland reported in 2008. There are older figures ($2.3 million per execution in Texas from 1992) but I took the mst recent one.

Sorry.
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