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Death Penalty - THE DEATH PENALTY IN TEXAS TEXAS Someone is...

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Unformatted text preview: THE DEATH PENALTY IN TEXAS TEXAS Someone is set to be executed today June 21, 2011 Someone is set to be executed today June 21, 2011 The following crimes are Capital Murder in Texas: The • murder of a public safety officer or firefighter • murder during the commission of kidnapping, burglary, robbery, aggravated sexual assault, arson, or obstruction or retaliation • murder for remuneration • murder during prison escape • murder of a correctional employee • murder by a state prison inmate who is serving a life sentence for any of five offenses (murder, capital murder, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated sexual assault, or aggravated robbery) • multiple murders • murder of an individual under six years of age “Even though blacks and whites are murder victims in nearly equal numbers of crimes, 80% of people executed since the death penalty was reinstated have been executed for murders involving white victims.” ­Amnesty International Gender and Racial statistics Gender Reducing the bias? Reducing • Statistics show greater bias 1923­1973 • 33.8% White Male (170) • 56.9% Black Male (286) • 9.1% Hispanic Male (46) • 0.2% other (1) *Female % insignificant "Embracing a certain quotient of racial bias and "Embracing a certain quotient of racial bias and discrimination against the poor is an inexorable aspect of supporting capital punishment. This is an immoral condition that makes rejecting the death penalty on moral grounds not only defensible but necessary for those who refuse to accept unequal or unjust administration of punishment.” ­Bryan Peterson, JD “The fact that blacks and Hispanics are charged with capital crimes out of proportion to their numbers in the general population may simply mean that blacks and Hispanics commit capital crimes out of proportion to their numbers. …if poverty breeds crime, and if — as it tiresomely maintains — the poor are disproportionately minority, then it must follow — as the left entirely denies — that minorities will be 'overrepresented' among criminals.” ­Roger Clegg ...
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This document was uploaded on 10/28/2011 for the course PSCI 358 at UPenn.

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