Convicts Opt for Death Row Rather than Serve Time in Regular Maximum Security Prison

by Jennifer B Gardner on Jan. 23, 2019

Criminal 

Summary: This is a fascinating article from the Atlantic Monthly which explores and explains why certain convicts ask to be sent to “Death Row,” rather than serve their sentence in a maximum security prison.

This is a fascinating article from the Atlantic Monthly which explores and explains why certain convicts ask to be sent to “Death Row,” rather than serve their sentence in a maximum security prison.  The reason: better living conditions, such as larger cells, liberal phone privileges, and daily human interaction.  Also, it takes 20 years on average for a criminal defendant to exhaust his appellate remedies.  The article explains how “If juries continue to send an average of 20 convicts to San Quentin’s death row each year, and executions continue at the present rate, by 2030 the ranks of the condemned will have swelled to more than 1,000, and California’s taxpayers will have spent $9 billion to execute a total of 23 inmates.”   http://tinyurl.com/438so57

In my criminal defense practice, I am often asked to represent clients in cases where they are facing life without the possibility of parole, or the amount of time they would serve if convicted is so great, that they could conceivably spend the rest of their lives in prison. Jennifer B. Gardner represents individuals in complex civil and criminal matters, operating a boutique practice for the last 25 years and serving Southern California.

Legal Articles Additional Disclaimer

Lawyer.com is not a law firm and does not offer legal advice. Content posted on Lawyer.com is the sole responsibility of the person from whom such content originated and is not reviewed or commented on by Lawyer.com. The application of law to any set of facts is a highly specialized skill, practiced by lawyers and often dependent on jurisdiction. Content on the site of a legal nature may or may not be accurate for a particular state or jurisdiction and may largely depend on specific circumstances surrounding individual cases, which may or may not be consistent with your circumstances or may no longer be up-to-date to the extent that laws have changed since posting. Legal articles therefore are for review as general research and for use in helping to gauge a lawyer's expertise on a matter. If you are seeking specific legal advice, Lawyer.com recommends that you contact a lawyer to review your specific issues. See Lawyer.com's full Terms of Use for more information.