New Hampshire Study Commission Report on the Death Penalty

On Dec. 1, 2010, the New Hampshire Death Penalty Study Commission released its report to the governor.  The majority (12-10) report recommended neither the abolition nor the expansion of the death penalty.  The report did find that there is an added cost for the death penalty as compared to a life without parole sentence: "There is a significant difference in the cost of prosecution and incarceration of a first degree murder case where the penalty is life without parole as compared with the cost of a death penalty case from prosecution to execution. The Commission members believe that the greater cost associated with capital murder cases is essential to guarantee a vigorous defense, a thorough investigation and prosecution of the case, and careful adjudication of the case." Read the full report here.