Racial Discrimination In Capital Punishment
The end of the Civil War and the adoption of the Fourteenth Amendment did not abolish the racial disparities against black offenders with “prosecutorial discretion, all-white sentencing juries, and the practice of extrajudicial executions by lynch mobs.” Even at the turn of the 20th century, considered the most active period of capital punishment abolition, racial injustice played a significant role in death penalty sentencing (Steiker & Steiker, 2015).
Along with the historical significance, the Supreme Court has ruled over several cases that have shaped the national stand on racial discrepancies in capital cases. A pivotal Supreme Court case that revealed the indication of racial bias in capital sentencing was Furman v. Georgia (1972). Based on the