Two bills in House would end death penalty in Tx
POSTED: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 5:21pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 15, 2011 - 12:02am
TEXAS — Two new bills filed in the Texas House of Representatives this session would completely eliminate the death penalty.
Lawmakers say whether you're for it or against it housing death row inmates is just too expensive.
Texas leads the nation in the number of executions since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976.
314 inmates are currently on death row in Texas.
According to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice on average the cost to house an inmate is around $37.03 a day versus the $49.54 a day is costs for a death row inmate.
Representative Jessica Farrar has filed one of the two bills this session that would eliminate the death penalty altogether.
Jessica Wilson/ KETKnbc.com