Costs & Savings
Life without the possibility of parole costs LESS than the death penalty.
Many people think that the death penalty costs less than life in prison with absolutely no chance of parole, but that’s just not true. According to a July 2012 analysis conducted by the Legislative Analyst's Office, California taxpayers will save $130 million each year by replacing the death penalty with life in prison without possibility of parole.
Replace and save
By replacing the death penalty with life in prison without possibility of parole, California taxpayers would save well over $100 million every year, as well as hundreds of millions in one-time savings. Our broken death penalty system puts California on track to spend $1 billion in the next five years. Our resources would be better spent on law enforcement, violence prevention and in our kids’ schools. We need more teachers in the classroom, not more lawyers in the courtroom.
- Executing the Will of the Voters?: A Roadmap to Mend or End the California Legislature’s Multi-Billion-Dollar Death Penalty Debacle