Reports and Studies
Read Op-Ed response to the report written by former VADP Executive Director, Steve Northup, and published Oct. 9, 2013 in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Death Penalty Information Center Reports:
THE 2% DEATH PENALTY:
How a Minority of Counties Produce Most Death Cases
at Enormous Costs to All
Cost studies on the death penalty have been done recently in Maryland (2008) and California (2011) which find capital punishment to be far more expensive than life sentences:
Equal Justice and Fair Play is an assessment of the capital punishment system in Virginia. Published by VADP in September, 2006, the report compares the 2002 recommendations of the Illinois Governor’s Commission on Capital Punishment to current Virginia law.
Among the findings of the Commission:
- More than any other factor, the location of the crime (in non-urban areas), and whether the defendant was related to the victim were the factors most strongly associated with the decision of prosecutors to seek the death penalty.