Convicts Opt for Death Row Rather than Serve Time in Regular 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.”

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.  To find out more about this part of my practice, go to  Jennifer B. Gardner represents individuals in complex civil and criminal matters, operating a boutique practice for the last 25 years and serving Southern California.

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