Discriminatory Arguments Against The Death Penalty

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A serious issue that occurs in the Death Row process is inconsistency. A vast majority of the time the process is unfair towards minorities which makes the process unreliable. For example, a situation that may occur is a white man and a minority may both commit a murder, but the minority has a higher chance of finding himself a spot on death row than the white man would. John Stevens states, that a “significant concern is the risk of discriminatory application of the death penalty. While that risk has been dramatically reduced, the Court has allowed it to continue to play an unacceptable role in capital cases” (qtd in Stevens 1). John Stevens States in the his article, that “biased jurors, and discriminatory application of death penalty cases …show more content…
Those who support the death penalty say yes due to the “General Deterrence Theory”. David Muhlhausen demonstrates that the “General Deterrence Theory”, explains how capital punishment affects murder rates. He goes into detail by stating that it explains that increasing the risk of apprehension and punishment for crime, stops people from committing crime (1). These supports say believe that overall the more executions there are, and the quicker these executions are carried out, the faster the murder rate will decrease. This is a major argument for Death Penalty supporters, who attempt to back it up with statistics on such cases. Throughout thorough investigation, Muhlhausen argues that the death penalty has two major benefits that help the U.S crime rate lower. One, is that each execution appears to deter between three to eighteen murders on average (1). Two, the death penalty does not only deter murders of whites but all races. “Each execution prevents the murder of one white person, 1.5 African Americans, and 0.5 persons of other races” (qtd. in Muhlhausen 1). This would be good because not only is the death penalty deterring murder, but it is also preventing the murder from ever killing again. Supporters believe that the death penalty is very effective in deterring crime rates, by scaring people. People are afraid of the death penalty because there is no escaping it if …show more content…
One of these reasons is because of how inconsistent it can be at times. This is when the government places somebody on death row, they often do not follow through with the execution. Iowa State University student Christine Notis states that only a fraction of death-row prisoners are in fact executed, murderers do not feel hindered by the threat of capital punishment

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