1. On average, how long are inmates held on death row before they are put to death?
Prisoners often stay on death row for years before their execution. In fact, most deaths on death row are actually from natural causes because of the long wait.
2. Is it more expensive to imprison someone or punish them them with the death penalty?
Life imprisonment is usually cheaper because of the appeals process of sending an inmate to death row. According to Amnesty International, death row is more expensive.
3. How many states have banned the death penalty, and how many states still have it?
Sixteen US states (plus DC) have banned the death penalty. Pennsylvania is not one of these states, although it is very rare that someone is put to death in PA.