More then 3,300 others are on death row. The application of the death penalty is racist. Black and white people are the victims of violent crime, 82 % of people executed since 1977 have been convicted of killing white victi... ... middle of paper ... ...d that over one-third of all death row inmates are mentally retarded (with IQ's less the 70), and that nearly have are functionally illiterate. More than 3,000 people were executed since 1930, nearly half were people of color. Eighty-five percent of those executed since 1977 were punished for killing white victims.
The death penalty is racist because there are higher percentages among those of ethical background. Quoted from the book, Death Penalty Cases: Leading U.S Supreme Court Cases on Capital Punishment, Death-penalty opponents respond that the race card plays a role in other ways. When a defendant has been convicted of killing a white person the odds that the defendant will be executed by the state are much higher. Eighty-five percent of those who have been executed since 1976 were convicted for killing a white person, while only 13% were executed for killing a black person. When will people realized that just because a person is of another race that they are more dangerous than another race.
Many of the families of victims do not want the criminals to be put to death. The death penalty costs more than a life sentence in jail. It is also racists. "Since 1976, there have been five hundred twenty-three executions in the United States, twenty-three in 1999 alone. There was only eleven before 1984.
Regarding the 144 men and women previously mentioned, “As a percentage of all death sentences, that 's just 1.6 percent. But if the innocence rate is 4.1 percent, more than twice the rate of exoneration, the study suggests what most people assumed but dreaded: An untold number of innocent people have been executed” (Levy). The study puts into play a number of factors, but the statement still stands. Yet another aspect that affects those on death row, is
“A team of researchers has concluded that about 4.1 percent of criminal defendants who are sentenced to death are falsely convicted” (Maron). This statistic totals up to 340 people who were innocent, but murdered. It is definitely appalling to see the unimaginable deeds of the government coming to life and killing people who were completely guiltless. This proves that even though the wrongly convicted cases are brushed under the rug, it still is a big problem that we have to face till this day with all our research and forensic
A major way that the death penalty is flawed is shown in the amount of innocent people who are sentenced to death. In the U.S.A alone since 1973 130 innocent people have been sentenced to death(1) and in the last two years evidence has come up that indicates four men previously thought to be guilty may have actually been innocent and put to death(3). The death penalty is supposed to protect innocent people from
The death penalty is unfair in the way that is discriminatory towards color, and race. For example, in the trials of many court cases, a person who kills a white person is treated much more severely then one who kills a black person. Of the 313 criminals that have been executed between 1997 and 1995, 36 of those killed has been convicted of killing a black person while 249 of those killed has been convicted of killing a white person. From the 178 white people who have been executed, only 3 where convicted of murdering a person of color. This proves that our judicial system executes people regardless of their race who kill white people.
The death penalty is unjust and risks outweigh any of the benefits. Many people believe the death penalty is an effective system and the punishment fits the crime yet so many innocent people have been put to death for crimes they did not commit. Reports show Gary Graham was executed in 2000 solely off the testimony of a witness who claimed to get a quick view of the defendant from 40 feet away through a windshield. The evidence is circumstantial but was enough not only to get a conviction but capital punishment. Troy Davis was executed in 2011 even though witnesses recanted their testimonies.
During the last 20 years, the homicide rate in states with the death penalty has been 48%-101% higher than in states without the death penalty. There are many more studies that show where the death penalty exists, there is a higher murder rate. According to statistics from the latest FBI Uniform Crime Report, regions of the country that use the death penalty the least are the safest for police officers. Police are most in danger in the South, which accounts for 80% of all executions (90% in 2000). From 1989-1998, 292 law enforcement officers were feloniously killed in the South, 125 in the West, 121 in the Midwest, and 80 in the Northeast, the region with the fewest executions.
For example, blacks make up 12 percent of the American population; however, they make up 48 percent of the prison population. These numbers have led to claims of over arrest in minorities, more persistent prosecution, and more severe sentences (Gray-Ray, Ray, Rutland, and Turner 1995). In the United States, the race of the defendant and the race of the victim play a major role in determining who is sentenced to die for a crime. Those who murder whites have a higher chance of being sentenced to death than those who kill blacks. In addition, 80% of individuals executed since capital punishment was reinstated in 1976 have been executed for murders involving white victims, despite the fact that blacks and whites are murder victims in almost even numbers of crimes (The United States Department of Justice 2014).