â€œSince 1978, California has spent about $4 billion dollars on death penalty costs and has executed 13 people, according to a new study. That’s $308 million per condemned inmate. By 2030, when the population of San Quentin’s death row is projected to reach 1,000, the tab for maintaining the death penalty will reach $9 billion.
â€œWe’re not being tough on crime: we’re being tough on the taxpayer.â€
Death Penalty: Tough on the Taxpayer, by emellon, Calitics, July 6, 2011
So it has to go.