Death Penalty Essay

Submitted By Ldwills56
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Pages: 8

This is a dossier on the effectiveness and the racially implicated sanctions for the application of the Death Penalty. This paper is a general indictment of the entire criminal justice system, and the faults that exist within. This is not an attempt to sway your opinion, but instead to raise the awareness of those of us who hold the creed of this Great Nation dear and the potential that it holds.
I think that in the terms of greatness there is a clause that as a people and a nation, we continue to strive for equality in all we do. Make no mistake I am a capitalist in the worst fashion “I believe that a man or woman, who works hard and builds a business that become an empire should be allowed to flourish and prevail as long as he/she do not infringe on the rights of others.
Well that holds true for nations as well, as a great state combined in union, mustn’t infringe on the rights of other for the sake of justice in especially such that causes dissension among the people. With the death penalty we as a nation have done just that, our justice system is flawed in it application and prosecution of the death penalty, let’s understand that I the author of this paper believe in law and order and in some cases the use of the death penalty.
Let us not forget that this country was founded on a set of principles that set us aside from other countries, and made us the most sought after place of residence in the world, because of the inherited promise that all men are created equal (stand) within our society and under the law. Somewhere in the fray we have lost our way and allowed the great principle for which this nation was founded on become lost. Now the drudgery of finding the path becomes our daunting task.
In remember who we are and where we came from all being immigrants looking for a new path of freedom to worship, work, and live in accordance to our own individual conscious, knowing that one must treat others as he/she seeks to be treated. Being grounded in this so called Christian based society, we find ourselves faced with a monumental conundrum, that as a nation we no longer stand for that, instead we have adopted a culture of racism and placeisum that erodes away the very fabric of this nation.
This shows forth in our criminal justice system as it stands, and especially in the application of the death penalty, here are some facts that you as the b reader need to be aware of,
“We simply cannot say we live in a country that offers equal justice to all Americans when racial disparities plague the system by which our society imposes the ultimate punishment.”
(--Senator Russ Feingold on Civil Rights as a Priority for the 108th Congress, January 2003)
Since 1977, blacks and whites have been the victims of murders in almost equal numbers, yet 80% of the people executed in that period were convicted of murders involving white victims

While they make up 12% of the population, African Americans account for 43% of current death row inmates.

Jurisdictions with the highest percentages of minorities on its death row: iii
- U.S. Military (86%) Colorado (80%) Louisiana (72%)

In North Carolina, the odds of receiving a death sentence rose by 3.5 times among those defendants whose victims were white.

Odds of receiving the death penalty in Philadelphia increased by 38% when the accused was black.

During 1980s, prosecutors in Georgia sought the death penalty for 70% of black defendants with white victims, but for only 15% of white defendants with black victims.

Between 1983 and 1993, prosecutors in Philadelphia voted to remove 52% of potential black jurors while trying to remove only 23% of other potential jurors.

Now ask yourselves what ever happen to that principal of equal in the eyes of justice, remember that the statute that symbolizing justice is blind, blind to the fact that racial disparity exist and no remedy has been imposed,
When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one