Missouri has had the death penalty for almost 40 years, but has never done a study of its costs. This week the Senate Committee on Governmental Accountability and Fiscal Oversight heard legislation that would help provide some answers on cost. Sponsored by Senator Joseph Keaveny (D-St. Louis), SB 753 would give authority to the state auditor to make a one-time report on the costs of the death penalty by comparing cases where a death sentence was given versus cases where the sentence was life without parole.
Speaking in favor of the bill, the MCC noted that since capital punishment was a public policy, it was only right for legislators and the public to know the cost of the death penalty system.
The committee took no further action on the bill.
Posted: March 7, 2014