Capital Punishment: My
Assumptions vs. the Facts
I can imagine there being a larger amount of innocent people that have been
executed without there being enough substantial evidence. I came to this
assumption because I’ve seen several cases on TV and magazines that have occurred
this way. However, it doesn’t mean they can be right all the time because the
social media may only show you some parts of the case they want to and not the
fulfilling story. Along with that, in history there has always been corruption
in both the political and religious world. The world has always been manipulated
by money, the “everybody has a price” quote is relevant even though we
might all contain a different price.
Many more African Americans are
sentenced to death than white people, therefore I think there is a racial bias
in the death penalties. I think African Americans are sentenced more to death
because they are raised different. They grow in more difficult situations which
push them to make wrong decisions, compared to whites which are wealthier and
have it easier. We all are definitely raised different, which is why we don’t all
get along. But either way our parents have raised us to believe dark skin
people are more aggressive which is why they are judged instantly without
evidence just because of the ratio of the bad things colored people have done
in the past. I think
A recent study believes there is 1 in every 25
sentences to death in the United States for crimes they didn’t commit. The study, released Monday in
the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, “tells you that a
surprising number of innocent people are sentenced to death,” Samuel R.
Gross. (Newsweek) Either sometimes they are framed or misinterpreted
information. Like in some cases such as the execution of Cameron Todd
Willingham who was convicted in 1992 of arson and murder. It was believed that
he had intentionally set the fire with intentions to kill his kids but was
later proven to have been accidental by the Texas Forensic Science Commission.(
8 People Who Were Executed and Later Found Innocent)There are several case in
which they came to realize they have punish the wrong person after doing so. The
most often mistakes found come from years ago which might have been caused by
the depravation of advance technology.
According to specialists in research hast links
race and the capital punishment revealed that black defendants are four times
more likely to receive the death penalty compared to whites. (The Death Penalty
in Black and White) These conclusion was based on researchers dissecting
several cases and analysis deciding factor which may have influenced the
conviction such as the severity of the crime. What these researchers find may
be a huge influence on these racial disparities being present in death penalty convictions
is the fact that a majority of those in charge of deciding the fate of the
convicted are white. “Of the chief District Attorneys in counties
using the death penalty in the United States, nearly 98% are white and only 1%
are African-American.” Therefore they have come to the conclusion that a lot of
the cases final decision are based on the defendant and victim color skin.
Death penalty are reported to only be legal in some states in which have been
proved to be races. Even though racism always been a big controversial part of
America and a big influence in the death penalty other things also have come to
play in the final decision which might include their gender and economic
status. Racial bias in the administration of the death penalties has been a
long time time issue in the world and still continues to grow since it’s hard to
make a fundamental change in the death penalty system.
It’s surprisingly evidential that there are several
rare cases in which people prove themselves innocent from a crime. There are cases
where accidents happens and are blame on someone who couldn’t control the outcome.
People often rush to conclusions without poof. Its retevly unfair how racial
bias are still present in our world after several years. There more white
attorneys who decide the prisoner’s future which explains a lot of this racial bias.
The most important thing to do before making any type of judgement is to have
facts back up your opinions so you can make a good moral judgement. Which is
very important because a lot of lives are depend on this simple decisions. You can’t
just someone did something without being fully convince they committed a crime
or even then without proof.