Is the Death Penalty Biased? Term Paper by Top Papers

Is the Death Penalty Biased?
A discussion on the death penalty and its constitutionality.
# 133788 | 2,250 words | 0 sources | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2007 in Political Science (U.S.) , Hot Topics (Capital Punishment)

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The paper discusses how capital punishment has been administered and accepted in this country for over 200 years, however, some states have now abolished the practice, while others continue with sanctioned executions. The paper relates that in 2000, Governor George Ryan of Illinois suspended executions in that state and "commuted the death sentences of all Illinois death row inmates in 2003" (Wolfers 791). The paper notes that following Ryan's lead, in 2004, New York's highest court ruled that the state's death penalty statute was unconstitutional, and although prisoners still sit on California's death row, executions in that state are virtually nonexistent while executions in Texas continue at a even pace (791).

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