Saturday, March 30, 2013
Valena Elizabeth Beety (West Virginia University - College of Law) has posted Risk and Execution: The Local Impact of Capital Cases on Mississippi Counties (Mississippi Law Journal, Forthcoming) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
Mississippi codified the death penalty because people thought it was fair. Mississippians thought a death sentence was a fair punishment for the most heinous of crimes. And, as predicted by behavioral economics, people were willing to sacrifice their own material well-being – willing to pay – to punish wrongdoers.
But the death penalty is not fair. While it may or may not be just for the inmates, it’s not fair for the financial toll it takes on citizens and counties.