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…A CAPITAL OR OTHERWISE INFAMOUS CRIME… …
NOR BE DEPRIVED OF LIFE … WITHOUT DUE PROCESS OF
LAW… THE DEATH PENALTY UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION
BY PROTECTING THE PUBLIC AND RIDDING THE COUNTRY
OF OFFENDERS WITH DUE PROCESS OF LAW. From 1882
through 1951 there were 4,730 recorded lynchings
by vigilantes in the U.S, with many of them being
highly public affairs. Even when miscreants were
afforded a trial and executed in accordance with
law, such events were often local in nature.

For
example, while states such as New York
electrocuted condemned prisoners at Sing Sings
electric chair as early as the late 19th century,
in states such as Missouri hangings were conducted
at local county jails as late as 1937. The race
and the crime seem to play a huge role in the
determination of the sentencing. For example if a
black male had stolen like a candy bar out of a
store, and got 10 years, that proves its more than
likely an issue of race than the crime. But also
if a black man murders someone, the death penalty
is probably going to be a sentence, and a sentence
of justice in my opinion. In a lot of state death
penalty cases, the race of the victim is much more
important than the prior criminal record of the
defendant, or the actual circumstances of the
crime. A study by the Bureau of Justice stated
that more than one-half of people the people on
death row are of color.

Race and the crime are a
very important factor in determining who is going
to be sentenced to die. Several studies have been
shown that the role of race in the death penalty,
they include a study in 1990, a report from the
General Accounting Office that stated that in 82
of the cases reviewed the race of the victim was
found to influence the punishment for the crime. A
black man who kills a white person is 11 times
more likely to receive a death sentence than if a
white person kills a black stated John Monty of
the Bureau of Justice. And of blacks, which kill
blacks, they even have less to worry about; it’s
almost like saying, oh, well, he needed killing
anyhow! In 1991, in Texas, blacks made up 12% of
the population, but 48% of the prison population
and 55.5% of those on death row are black says the
death penalty information center. Since 1988, the
federal government has reviewed 92 death penalty
cases. Of these cases; 56 defendants were black,
11 were Hispanic, 5 were Asian, and 20 were
Caucasian.

From 1930 through 1989, 3,939 people
were executed in the United States, and 54% of
them were black. In my opinion, the death penalty
is a must. Baring in mind that the idea of putting
another human to death is hard to completely
fathom. The physical mechanics involved in the act
of execution are easy to grasp, but the emotions
involved in carrying out a death sentence on
another person, regardless of how much they
deserve it, is beyond my own understanding. I know
it must be painful, dehumanizing, and sickening.
However, this act is sometimes necessary and it is
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