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Politifact on Gary Johnson and the Death Penalty

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Politifact checks out Gary Johnson's statement, "It costs more money to put a person on death row than it does to lock them up for the rest of their lives because of attorney fees."

They rate the statement "half true" because whether it is or isn't depends on a number of factors that vary from state to state.

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And those studies don't, to my knowledge, take into account non-quantifiable cost savings, such as plea bargains etc.

To my knowledge, there has not been a plea of guilty to a life without parole sentence that didn't involve a prosecutor's agreement to "take death off the table."

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