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Death Penalty in Michigan

There are, at present, 38 states with the death penalty and 12 without (deathpenaltyinfo.org 2004). ***** is one of ***** *****. From 1976, there have been 906 executions in the US: 517 were white, 310 blacks; 57 hispanic; and 22, other races. More than 80% of these cases involved white victims, although only 50% of murder victims were *****. Case studies on race showed that 96% had racial undert*****s, whereby 98% of the chief district attorneys ***** white and only 1% were black. Another study conducted in Philadelphia revealed that more blacks were given the death penalty than ***** and other ***** at 38%. Still another study conducted in North Carolina said that the death sentence went up by 3.5 times when ***** victims were white (deathpenaltyinfo.org). Records show that 37 ***** with the death penalty used lethal injection method in 739 executions, 151 by electrocution, 11 by gas chamber, 3 ***** hanging ***** 2 by firing squad.

Surveys of top academic criminological societies ***** ***** 84% of these experts did not consider the death ***** a deterrent to murder. Police ********** also revealed in a 1995 H*****rt Research that they did ***** believe it was an effective law enforcement tool. Yet Gall***** polls favored it at 64% over 32% against it. The public also preferred it at 53% against life without parole at 44%.There are currently 11 st*****es with more than 100 death row inmates, led by California at 843, Texas ***** 458 and Florida with 381. There *****, at present, 3,503 death convicts, some ***** whom are sentenced in more than one state.

The death penalty costs a lot. The st*****te of Kansas discovered that it spent 70% ***** on death penalty cases than on comparable non-cap*****al cases, which include incarceration. ***** Indiana Criminal Law Study Commission calculated its total death penalty costs as exceeding those of life ***** parole by approximately 38%, and on assumption that the death sentences were overturned and reduced to life imprisonment.

***** Carolina spent over $2.18 million per execution ***** the costs of a non-de*****th penalty ***** case with a sentence of ***** imprisonment. Most of these ***** were incurred during tri*****l. ***** ***** $51 million a year over and beyond what it cost to punish all first-degree murderers with life imprisonment *****out *****. It cost Florida $24 million for each ***** the 44 executions it had since 1978. Texas shelled out $2.3 million on the average, or thrice the cost of life imprisonment in a single maximum cell ***** 40 years. And California spent $90 million every year beyond ordinary costs of o*****ations of the justice system. Of this *****, $78 million went ***** at ***** trial level.

Last year, a Michigan House Comm*****tee voted in a w*****y that marked the first step in lifting the state's 18-year ban on capital *****ment (prodeathpenalty.com 2003). The House Regulatory Reform Committee ***** 6-4 in favor of a de*****th penalty resolution for a statewide vote ***** August. ***** ***** *****

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