A Comparative Analysis Of The Death Penalty Essay

765 Words May 9th, 2016 4 Pages
Outside of the morality debate, Stichter finds that racism plays a large part in the comparative analysis of the death penalty. Under this belief, each criminal ought to be treated as equally as possible in respect to the crime committed. Contrary to that thought process however, “white murderers are less likely to be given the death penalty” (Stichter, 2014). Non-comparatively, however, someone who has committed an act of murder, regardless of race, deserves the death penalty, according to supporters. There again lies a fallacy though, because “some studies suggest that if the murder victim is white, then the murderer is likely to get a more severe punishment than if the victim was not white” (Stichter, 2014). In that case, then, it’s assumed that the system has an inherent bias towards white individuals, both defendant and victim. Ultimately, if the system provides a harsher punishment for one group of people than actually deserved, the system is flawed beyond quick repair.
Historical Background From 1920 to 1963, sociologist Thorsten Sellin studied homicide rates in relation to the death penalty. Through his study, Sellin found doubts in the deterrence affect that the death penalty supposedly created (Donohue & Wolfers, 2006). Then, in the landmark Furman case in 1972, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the death penalty was unconstitutional on both the federal and state level (Donohue & Wolfers, 2006). Up until 1975, there was a widespread moratorium on the…

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