Missouri’s death penalty gets new scrutiny

In the last two dozen years — since capital punishment resumed in 1989 — Missouri has executed 67 men.

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And 46 others currently are on Death Row, waiting for their court-ordered executions.

State Sen. Joe Keaveny, D-St. Louis, thinks the state should determine if it’s cheaper to eliminate the death penalty.

He wants to have a state auditor’s review of the state’s costs, for having and implementing a death penalty, and explained his idea to the Senate’s Governmental Accountability Committee last week.

“This is a bill that’s going to look at the cost of the death penalty in Missouri, versus life without parole,” Keaveny, D-St. Louis, said. “It’s very expensive to administer the death penalty.”

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