Taxpayers are in for $1 billion windfall just over the next five years. What’s the rub you ask? That’s what it will cost to deal with the appeals 682 inhabitants of Death Row.
If these convicts are simply resentenced to life without the possibility of parole taxpayers will save a bundle. We seem to forget that virtually every Death Row prisoner is indigent and we must pay for both the prosecution and defense legal fees.
Cash strapped Sacramento may find the death penalty is a luxury taxpayers can no longer afford. This is a quick fix that will send lawyers and defense investigators like me to the unemployment lines.