Legislators seek to repeal death penalty
Lawmakers tag punishment that has gone unused for nearly three decades as wasteful spending
January 24, 2019
As Wyoming continues to search every corner of the budget for savings to stabilize the economy, a group of legislators has hit upon an idea that could save a quarter million dollars every year. Co-sponsored by Representative Tyler Lindholm, House Bill 145 would repeal the death penalty in Wyoming and remove the hundreds of thousands spent on staffing and funding capital cases.
“Currently we have not utilized the death penalty since 1992 and yet every year we spend roughly $750,000 per year for the program,” says Lindholm.
“Couple that with the increased cost of 30 percent per inmate...