Race and the Death Penalty

The tragic events in Ferguson have again raised the issue of racism in this country.  Racial bias has always been a significant issue in death penalty debates.  According to the Death Penalty Information Center, statistical studies indicate that race plays a significant role in determining who lives and who dies.

For example, a study released in 2003 by the University of Maryland concluded that race, along with geography, is an important factor in death penalty decisions in that state.

In general, prosecutors are more likely to seek the death penalty when the race of the victim is white and less likely when the race of the victim is black. To review more studies about the death penalty and race visit deathpenalityinfo.org.


Posted: August 22, 2014

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