Soc Paper #4 - Kelsey White Soc 102, Section 2 Paper #4 23...

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Kelsey White Soc 102, Section 2 Paper #4 23 March 2007 Capital Punishment: Who Suffers? Each year in the United States, criminals of all races, backgrounds, and classes go through the justice system. Different crimes are committed, and the sentencing varies with each crime. Some criminals walk away with a fine or community service, others are sentenced to a certain length of time, some face the harshest punishment possible: the death penalty. The death penalty is also known as capital punishment, which, according to the tenth edition of “Social Problems”, is defined as “killing of a criminal by the state” (Eitzen and Zinn 375). Different methods include the electric chair, firing squad, lethal injection, and poison gas. The death penalty is issued to more people than one might think. In 2001, more than 3700 men and women awaited execution in the US (Eitzen and Zinn 370). The issue within the topic of capital punishment that should be examined closely is who usually receives the death sentence? In many cases, it is the poor, colored,
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This note was uploaded on 04/03/2008 for the course SOC 102 taught by Professor Poteet during the Spring '07 term at Washington State University .

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Soc Paper #4 - Kelsey White Soc 102, Section 2 Paper #4 23...

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