It takes a long time to carry out a death penalty, and...

@lacieice (2065)
United States
March 3, 2013 1:01pm CST
the taxpayers bear the cost. Here in Pennsylvania, 36 years ago, two men were accused and convicted of murdering three people. There has never been any doubt as to their guilt. One of the people they killed was a police officer from a small town. These men have sat on death row for 36 years. The current cost of keeping a man on death row is $90,000 a year. That's almost four times what my husband and I live on for a year. Surely his appeals were over long ago. When there is no doubt about guilt, (I believe they confessed)I simply don't understand why it took so long. One of them is scheduled to be executed in April. I haven't heard about the other one. Do you think a confessed killer should be allowed to live for over 30 years before the sentence is carried out? Why should taxpayers be burdened with the cost of keeping him alive? Is this one of the reasons states and governments are broke?
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