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Who's on Death Row

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Jazmine Aguilar

on 10 April 2014

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Transcript of Who's on Death Row

Who's on Death Row
For or Against the Death Penalty
Criminal Justice Process
In the criminal justice process, prosecutors are the ones that ask judges and or juries to impose the death penalty.
If the majority of the nations prosecutors were white it would not matter because astonishingly, whites make up almost more than half of all death row inmates. According to deathpenaltyinfo.org the majority of defendants executed since 1976 are white, with 769 (56%). this information is as accurate as of April 4, 2014 following the execution of Tommy Lynn Sells in Texas.
Death Row Population
The death penalty is a very controversial topic in the United States. Many believe that the death penalty is a brutal form of punishment as to it being morally and ethically wrong. We, on the other hand, believe it is a correct way of getting justice for the victim(s)
In The Courtroom
With the majority of the United States population being Caucasian , the majority of inmates on death row are white, followed by African Americans and Hispanics.The issue raised to the general public is that minorities make up the population of the people on death row because people believe that there is more of minorities in jail and that they commit more crimes than Caucasiains. When in fact when crimes, like murder, were committed, whites surpass any miinnority race in this crime. We don’t think that any race should be more inclined to be put to death. We believe it should be mainly focused on the crime. Race should not be a factor in playing part in the death penalty. Race sgould not be a factor on ones fate

Racism can be found all throughout the courtroom, especially if one doesn’t tell prosecutors that they have a specific bias towards one group of individuals. Judges and juries may have more preemptive to give an African American more time than a Caucasian person. A white man may get probation for stealing a car, whereas, a black man might receive the maximum sentence. Whites also have the upper hand when getting their defense. Caucasians are more likely to be able to afford a better defense attorney, rather than someone that is court appointed. The better the attorney, the better chance the case will be adequately defended. This is the cause of the adversarial system. (adversarial system where the role of the court is primarily that of an impartial referee between the prosecution and the defense). Thus f the attorney is paid more, they will feel inclined to do a better job, even though an attorney should defend to their best of their ability, regardless of pay.
The death penalty like mentioned above is a very controversial topic. Many supporters have argued that the death penalty is a way to set peace to the victim and they're families. Many religious supporters also state that God himself supports the death penalty. In Genesis 9:6 says that "whoever sheds man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed". Many countries have enforced the death penalty, they also have their own methods of putting it into effect, the US by far is the better humane with lethal injections.
According to deathlenalty.org the total number of death row inmates in the US is 3,108. With California having the most, with a whooping 746 death row inmates.
For example, in the case of James Eagan Holmes, the perpetrator of the mass murder in Aurora, Colorado, he was diagnosed "mentally ill" and that he wasn't "aware of his surroundings" during his first appearance in court. New details point to James being in a state of serious mental decline, but not someone who is unaware of the wrongfulness of his actions. In addition, according to his defense attorney he was seeing a psychiatrist before he committed the mass shoot out. However Holmes' crime wasn't impulsive, so it's hard for his defense team to plea legally insane.
Pros of Death Penalty
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