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Death row dollars: A cost too high?
Did you know that there are more people on death row from Philadelphia than any other part of the state? That fact is courtesy of District Attorney Lynne Abraham, who aggressively seeks the death penalty whenever possible. I just posted an article to It's Our Money that looks at the financial cost of seeking so many capital convictions. Here is a little taste:
There are 222 people on death row in Pennsylvania. Of that group, 116 are from Philadelphia. No other city or county in the state comes close to our numbers. It's true that Philadelphia has the largest population, but that doesn't completely explain why our city is so well represented on death row. Prosecutors in Philadelphia seek the death penalty at a much higher rate than other parts of the state. For example, prosecutors in Pittsburgh seek the death penalty about one fourth as much as their counterparts in our city.
Deciding to seek the death penalty-- and paying the extra costs associated with that choice-- is completely up to discretion of prosecutors. Lynne Abraham strongly supports capital punishment and uses her office as a tool to implement that policy. As a result, Philadelphia taxpayers wind up paying a higher tab to prosecute death penalty cases than people in other parts of the state.
You can read the entire article by clicking here.