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Viewpoint - April 18, 2012

Letter: Costly death penalty needs to be voted out

According to a recent California report, it costs $185 million each year to administer the death penalty. Since its reinstatement in 1978, there have been 13 people executed. We have thus spent roughly $471 million per execution or a total of roughly $6 billion in the past 34 years. There are currently 720 inmates on death row in California.

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