Death penalty cases waste money

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I thought Gov. Susana Martinez was concerned about the cost of government and a record revenue shortfall. Now I hear she wants to bring back capital punishment?

One person, a “volunteer,” has been executed in New Mexico since 1960 at a cost of well over $200 million. Death penalty cases in New Mexico cost about six times as much as other murder cases. The public Defender’s office alone will save several million dollars a year.

The costs of the death penalty are borne systemically, impacting not only public defenders, but also the attorney general’s office, every district attorney, and the trial and appellate courts.

Let’s save both time and money. Capital punishment is obsolete, unfair, unnecessary, and makes way too many mistakes.  It should stay abolished.

Joe Whiteman
Las Vegas