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Occupy Louisville protestors point out that money spent on the broken death penalty is money not spent on government services

At Occupy Louisville, Marie and Ray Schweri point out that money spent on the death penalty is money not spent on other government services.

At Occupy Louisville, Marie and Ray Schweri point out that money spent on the death penalty is money not spent on other government services.

KCADP board members Marie and Ray Schweri visited Occupy Louisville last month. As Marie and Ray pointed out, money spent on Kentucky’s broken death penalty system is money not spent on government services.

The death penalty costs more to implement than sentences of life in jail without parole. At a time when Kentucky’s government is experiencing a financial crisis–causing it to cut your services–does it make sense for your tax dollars to be squandered in this way?

According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, “The state Department of Public Advocacy estimates that Kentucky spends as much as $8 million a year prosecuting, defending and incarcerating death-row inmates, even as state-ordered budget cuts impair other aspects of the judicial branch of government.”

For more information, check out our page on how costly the death penalty is.

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