Death In Nebraska

It is good news that in the USA the State of Nebraska has decided to end the death penalty. The ending of the death penalty in this rather conservative state is probably partly due to financial reasons as well as to humanitarian reasons. The opponents of the death penalty there pointed out that it costs far more to execute someone than it does to simply incarcerate them for the rest of their life. 

The American system requires convicted prisoners facing the death penalty to be held in special parts of the prison known as “death row” which are expensive to maintain and the state has to participate in longer and more legal processes to get a conviction which supports the death penalty and provides the death penalty.

Whether this development by Nebraska is due to a genuine belief that killing people is wrong or simply a desire to save money matters not. The state is doing the right thing, whatever the reason.

I hope that other US states follows Nebraska’s lead, but I rather suspect that many of them feel rather satisfied when someone is executed, regardless of the cost.

One Response

  1. “Whether this development by Nebraska is due to a genuine belief that killing people is wrong or simply a desire to save money matters not.”

    Really?

    Apart from the obvious and contradictory fact that the USA frequently and expensively murders innocent foreigners in drone attacks, is motive so irrelevant?

    If it becomes cheaper to execute than to incarcerate will Nebraska’s law be changed to suit?

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