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National death penalty debate increasingly hinges on cost




Death Chamber at Southern Ohio Correctional Facility
Death Chamber at Southern Ohio Correctional Facility
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Seventeen states have already done away with the death penalty, and efforts are underway in many others to end it. Those efforts are bringing together some unlikely allies: many longtime supporters of capital punishment are now changing their tune due to concerns about the high costs incurred, not just in California but in some traditionally conservative states as well.

Reporter Ashby Jones wrote about this for the Wall Street Journal.