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Death Penalty: Bad for America
There are many debates about the way crime should be handled. At the top of the debate list is capital punishment. The capital punishment system arouses very heated debates. The death penalty is an outdated system that is financially wasteful and not a deterrent to crime.Certainly, a major player in the death penalty debate is whether or not it is being applied fairly (Lyons). Race, sex, and economic status are all factors that must be considered (Lyons). These factors are not only applied to the defendant but also the victim and, at times, the accuser (Lyons). Everything from charges to sentences is affected (Lyons). The American Bar Association shows concern over the mounting evidence of disparity in capital punishment cases (Lyons). As stated by Robert Kutner, “For example, a 2000 study by the US Department of Justice reveals that between 1995 and 2000, 72 percent of cases that the attorney general approved for death-penalty prosecution involved defendants of color. During that time, statistics show that there were relatively equal numbers of black and white homicide perpetrators.” For instance, due to capital sentencers having unchecked and basically free reign in deciding whether or not to sentence someone to death, the Supreme Court has found a disproportionate bias toward the poor, colored, and unpopular groups being sentences to death (Kuttner). Blacks who commit crimes are far more likely to be sentenced to death than are whites, especially when the crime is committed against a white person (Kuttner). Whites who commit crimes against minorities are, more often than not, treated less severely than when the roles are reversed (Kuttner). More than half of the American public agrees that the poor and minority are not treated fairly in capital cases (Lyons). Minorities, specifically blacks, are often denied a jury seat in capital cases (Kuttner). The exclusion of black jurors is extremely harmful to capital cases (Kuttner)....