I believe the value of an innocent human life is priceless. Despite the high cost of the death penalty in California, it does save between three and 18 lives according to most economically based and peer-review studies. However, if the debate does come down to dollars and cents, government agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration find the “statistical value of life” to be $9.1 million and $7.9 million, respectively. If we reform and speed up the capital punishment appeals process in California, the value of the lives saved would be greater than the cost of the death penalty.


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