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Racism and the Death Penalty

Title: Racism and the Death Penalty
Category: /Society & Culture
Details: Words: 906 | Pages: 3 (approximately 235 words/page)
Racism and the Death Penalty
The Effects of Race on Sentencing in Capital Punishment Cases Throughout history, minorities have been ill-represented in the criminal justice system, particularly in cases where the possible outcome is death. In early America, blacks were lynched for the slightest violation of informal laws and many of these killings occured without any type of due process. As the judicial system has matured, minorities have found better representation but it is not completely unbiased. In the past …showed first 75 words of 906 total…
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…showed last 75 words of 906 total…Such an illusion is ultimately corrosive, for the reverberations of injustice are not so easily confined' (As cited in Lacayo, 1987, 80). With great effort, the judicial controls can begin to battle the racial bias of Americas Judicial system but to completely eliminate such a bias, the people involved in the judicial process must learn to look past the race of the offender or the value of the victim, and instead focus on circumstances of the crime.

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