Report Reveals Death Penalty Costs Nebraska $14.6 Million per Year

In a first-of-its-kind study on the cost of Nebraska’s death penalty, a respected economist concluded that the State of Nebraska would save $14.6 million annually if voters replace the death penalty with life imprisonment. Dr. Ernie Goss, Professor of Economics at Creighton University, revealed the findings of his study at a press conference Monday, and detailed how the costs in capital punishment are fixed and embedded in the policy by law and by the Supreme Court. In total, the report shows that keeping the death penalty costs Nebraska approximately $14.6 million annually (in 2015 dollars) above what the state’s cost for life without parole would be. Further, each additional death penalty

Tune In To Hear How Much Nebraska's Death Penalty Costs

Cost is often cited as one of the many reasons people oppose the death penalty, and we wanted to know just how expensive this broken system is here in Nebraska. To find out, we turned to Dr. Ernie Goss, Professor of Economics at Creighton University and mid-America’s economist of choice. At 9:30 a.m. on Monday, August 13, Goss will host a news conference to deliver the findings of a report analyzing the costs of Nebraska’s death penalty. Join us in person, or tune in for the live online broadcast of the report! Join us for an online announcement on Monday at 9:30 am CT to learn what Dr. Goss’s research found. Livestream link:


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