Study: NC Can Save Millions By Eliminating Death Penalty

A Duke University professor says North Carolina could save $11 million a year if it stopped trying to execute killers.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Monday that prosecutors sought the death penalty in about a quarter of all murder trials from 2005 to 2006. Criminals were sentenced to death in less than 5 percent of the cases.

Duke economist Philip Cook published the study this month and will present his findings to lawmakers.

Cook says the rarity of death sentences in North Carolina means the penalty doesn't deter criminals. About 1,000 criminals were charged with murder in North Carolina in 2005 and 2006 and prosecutors sought the death penalty in about 250 of the case. Only 11 people were eventually sentenced to death.


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  • by Rob Location: Greenville on Jan 16, 2010 at 01:54 AM
    How much more could be saved if the penalty was carried out in a timely manner?
  • by southernman Location: greenville on Jan 6, 2010 at 08:36 PM
    Don't we have a war going on those inmates could stop some bullets for our soldiers.And these studies how much could they save if that would stop. There pointless anyway.Or put the execution on pay per veiw.that would speed thing up and the state could make money and cut our taxes(haha).Nothing will change because nobody cares enough to do anythig about it. 0 o o
  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Jan 6, 2010 at 07:36 AM
    Audra, please don't confuse the lost viewers that may not know God or his laws & ways. The new testament is mainly, the gospel of Jesus Christ explaining him & how we should live till he comes again. The Old testament & New should be taken accounted for as The Way God works. God is Love and Vengeance is his, he will repay. Man is used by God to carry out his vengeance regarding death penalty. This scripture is for you and others who criticize "to the letter" relating to those who use Gods word for correction. There are six things which the LORD hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, heart that devises wicked plans, feet that run rapidly to evil, false witness who utters lies, and one who spreads strife among brothers. (Prov. 6:16-19). Please don't be a nit picking "busy body". "Haughty eyes" "and one who spreads strife among brothers" is this you? Gods word is my "defense" as well as for other Christians. OMG!!!
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Jan 4, 2010 at 10:15 PM
    Oh, I just love people who go for that "eye for an eye" fallback as their defense. You're stuck in the old testament, apparently.. but only on the specific issues that you want to defense. Upgrade already. There's this great set of books called the New Testament.. but please make sure the OT is installed correctly first or it will malfunction. Anyway, that said, I'm for the death penalty and always have been. In my traditional Native culture we had pretty much had one penalty for all serious crimes (rape, murder, etc)... take them to a cliff and throw them off. No repeat offenders. Works for me.
  • by KMJ Location: LA on Jan 4, 2010 at 01:30 PM
    Good statement 'US citizen for now'. Usually you and I butt heads but this time you hit the nail on the head. I don't buy this saving money spill. Just execute them sooner. The tax payers are sick of housing and feeding these low lives.
  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Jan 2, 2010 at 10:45 AM
    God Himself established the death penalty long before the law was given to Moses. He told Noah, “And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man's brother will I require the life of man” (Genesis 9:5). This command has never been repealed. Not by the New Testament. Not by Paul. Not by Jesus Himself. Jesus made a direct statement of His support. Again, in dealing with the scribes and Pharisees, when they accused the disciples for not washing before eating, Jesus said stated to the pharises & scribes, “But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.” Matthew 15:3-4 You people don't know the truth relating to death penalty laws God handed to us to abide by. God condones the death penalty and he has the last word.
  • by JB Location: Washington on Dec 31, 2009 at 09:24 AM
    Ok, let's just take the murderers and the rapists and slap them on the hand and say, "now don't do that anymore, ok?". It just might work.
  • by Darren Location: Kill Devil Hills on Dec 31, 2009 at 08:02 AM
    What is this professor thinking! It sounds like he just wants to see the death penalty removed. Just another typical Duke liberal! It sounds like he never considered the costs of having to take care of the inmates who were murderers. If this state follows this professors so called advice, then this state will be the small and east coast's version of California. The debt will double.
  • by Jacob Location: Ayden on Dec 30, 2009 at 03:54 PM
    appleseed, you are EXACTLY correct. People like you are True Americans, unlike the thugs who support death penalty but have sinned themselves.
  • by Clifton Location: Washington on Dec 30, 2009 at 03:34 PM
    There is a new study out with another way for NC to save millions. Give all current tax payers a nice big lump sum check of 2 million dollars. Take the folks in Raleigh that keep sucking money from the state a send them home. Then they would not have to pay out all those salaries. As far as hardened criminals go, Kill 'em all. Let God sort them out.
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