Ending the death penalty is a way to save money in Florida. The Legislature would like you to think the opposite with the bill on Gov. Scott’s desk to speed up executions.
But, don’t buy it. It costs more to kill an inmate than keep him in prison for life.
Those costs are upfront; so no, it wouldn’t save money to kill them faster. Even so, our lawmakers would like to kill faster despite Florida’s distinction for having more Death Row exonerations than any other state in the nation. There are many reasons to end the death penalty, but this is one that few taxpayers could argue with.
Gov. Scott could veto this mistaken excuse for justice and save money rather than sign. Unless he wants to keep signing — death warrants, that is.
Bonita Eiden and Frank Morganti, Plantation