Essay - Death Penalty in Michigan There Are, at Present, 38 States...


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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 the 12. From 1976, ********** have been 906 executions in the US: 517 were white, 310 blacks; 57 hispanic; and 22, o*****r races. More than 80% of these cases involved white victims, although only 50% ***** murder victims were *****. Case studies on race showed that 96% had racial undert*****s, whereby 98% of the chief district attorneys ***** white and *****ly 1% were black. Another study conducted in Philadelphia revealed that more blacks ***** given the death penalty ***** white and other ***** at 38%. Still another study ***** in North Carolina said that the ***** 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% ***** these experts did not consider the death penalty a deterrent to murder. Police *****s also revealed in a 1995 Hart Research that they did ***** believe it was an effective law enforcement tool. Yet Gallup polls favored it at 64% over 32% against it. The public also preferred it at 53% against life without parole at 44%.There ***** currently 11 st*****es with more than 100 death row inmates, led by California at 843, Texas ***** 458 and Florida with **********. There are, at present, 3,*****3 death convicts, some of whom are sentenced in more ***** one state.

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

North Carolina spent over $2.18 million per execution ***** ***** costs of a non-de*****th penalty murder case with a sentence of life imprisonment. Most ***** these costs were incurred during tri*****l. ***** ***** $51 million a year over and beyond what it cost to punish all first-degree murderers with life imprisonment without *****. It cost Florida $24 ***** for each of the 44 executions it had since 1978. ***** shelled out $2.3 million on the average, or thrice the cost ***** life ***** in a single maximum cell ***** 40 years. And Calif*****nia spent $90 million every year beyond ordinary ***** of o*****ations of the justice system. Of this *****, $78 million went ***** at ***** trial level.

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

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