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3/25 Virtual Assignment: Death Penalty

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  • 6 days ago

    Section I: The Statistics Information-grey

    • A total of 1491 convicts have been executed in the United States since 1976, with 23 in 2017 and 25 in 2018.
    • The overwhelming majority of executed individuals have been men; less than 1% have been women.
    • There were 164 death row exonerations (using DNA and other evidence) between 1973 and 2018, an average of 5 per year.
    • Of those on death row, as of April 1, 2018, 42% are African-American, 42% are Caucasian, 13% are Hispanic, and 3% are classified as "other."
    • In 96% of states where there have been reviews of race and the death penalty, there was a pattern of either race-of-victim or race-of-defendant discrimination, or both.
    • Death penalty cases are much more expensive than other criminal cases and cost more than imprisonment for life with no possibility of parole.


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  • 6 days ago


    Section II: Pros and Cons Information-grey

    • Is the death penalty moral?
      • Do we as humans have a right to end a life?
      • Should we risk killing an innocent person?
      • Are doctors in violation of the Hippocratic Oath by participating?
    • Is the death penalty unconstitutional? Is it socially responsible?
      • Is it “cruel and unusual punishment” (8th Amendment)?
      • Is it applied equally by race, gender and income? NO!
    • Does the death penalty deter crime?
    • ...

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