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Death Penalty in Michigan

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

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

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

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

Last year, a ***** House Comm*****tee voted in ***** way 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 that August. The case was

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