Birgit Fladager (Valley Voices, Oct. 25) doesn’t realize that it’s far cheaper to keep a prisoner in prison for life than to litigate a death penalty case. And the litigation costs would go even higher if we follow her advice and pass Proposition 66, which adds new layers of review in every death penalty case.
We waste $150 million per year on death penalty cases now and there still aren’t enough judges, court staff and lawyers to process the cases in a timely manner. Which tax does Ms. Fladager want to increase to pay the additional judges, staff and lawyers needed to process more death-penalty cases faster?
What would she say to folks whose child-custody and personal-injury cases are delayed so that our overburdened courts can fast-track death-penalty cases?
Life without parole protects the public safety and protects the taxpayers’ wallets. Follow The Bee’s advice and vote Yes on 62 and No on 66. Stop wasting money on the death penalty.
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Bob D. Bacon, Oakland