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Hofstra Law Review

Abstract

The death penalty is expensive. For many reasons-including the reality that if the prosecution insists on the death penalty there is essentially no chance of a guilty plea, and the fact that the bifurcation between guilt and penalty that uniquely characterizes capital cases imposes double costs throughout the process of investigation, trial, and appeals -a state's decision to have a criminal justice system in which death is available as a sanction necessarily entails substantially higher costs than the contrary decision does.

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