There are currently 142 people awaiting execution in the state of Ohio. It’s no secret that the death penalty is a controversial subject, though capital punishment is legal and practiced in 33 states. One of the reasons for the death penalty controversy is the cost. Death penalty trials cost states as much as $10 million more per year than life sentence trials. Much of the costs of the death penalty are incurred before the sentencing even occurs. Criminal defense lawyers and prosecuting attorneys must be prepared for much more complex trial proceedings in capital cases, and the complicated nature of the cases often results in prolonged trials. Take a look at this infographic from a Dayton criminal defense lawyer to understand more about the costs behind the death penalty. Please feel free to share with anyone who is looking for more information about capital punishment.