Essay on Capital Punishment

2542 Words 11 Pages
Capital Punishment is the legal infliction of the death penalty. In the United States capital punishment is legal in thirty-nine of the fifty states. Beginning in 1973, prison populations began an inevitable growth. There were 204,211 inmates in 1973, and by 1977 the number of prisoners had grown to 285,456, which later grew to 315,974 in 1980. By 1976, it was clear that the death penalty had to be reinstated. America’s experiment with capital punishment has resulted in a total of 944 executions, fifty-nine of which took place in 2003.

Every year about 15,000 killers are charged and only about 300 wind up on death row. The death row population is constantly increasing. It is now more than 3,000. Because of constant appeals, it takes
…show more content…
Capital punishment is legal in Washington State, Montana, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, Nevada, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Mississippi, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Washington DC. Out of these, lethal injection is legal in thirty two states, electrocution in ten states, the gas chamber in five states, hanging in three states and the firing squad in two states. Some states use more than one method.

Out of the thirty nine states where the death penalty is legal, twelve have had no executions. Texas is the state with the most executions with a total of 127.

Florida and Virginia follow with a huge difference, only thirty nine executions per state. There are currently more than 3,000 people on death row, many without lawyers.
Texas has the most, an amazing 448.

California is a close second with 444. Wyoming, New Hampshire and New York are currently the only ones with no criminals on death row. It is unimaginable to see how blacks, which are only twelve percent of the US population, are a sweeping forty one percent of the inmates on death row.

Related Documents