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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 *****. From 1976, there 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 white. Case studies on race showed that 96% had racial undertones, whereby 98% of the chief district attorneys ***** white and only 1% were black. Another study conducted in Philadelphia revealed that more blacks ***** given the death penalty ***** ***** and other ***** at 38%. Still another study conducted in North Carolina said that the ***** sentence went up by 3.5 times when ***** victims were white (deathpenaltyinfo.org). Records show that 37 states 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 said ***** 84% of these experts did not consider the death penalty a deterrent to *****. Police chiefs also revealed in a 1995 H*****rt 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 ***** at 53% against life without parole at 44%.There ***** currently 11 st*****es with more than 100 death row inmates, led ***** California at 843, Texas ***** 458 and Florida with **********. There are, ***** present, 3,503 death convicts, some ***** whom ***** *****d in more than one state.

The ***** penalty costs a lot. The state of Kansas discovered ***** it spent 70% more on death penalty cases than ***** comparable non-capital cases, which include incarceration. ***** Indiana Criminal Law Study Commission calculated its total death ***** costs as exceeding those of life without parole by approximately 38%, and on assumption that the death sentences were overturned ***** reduced to life imprisonment.

***** Carolina spent over $2.18 million per execution against the costs of a non-death penalty murder case with a sentence of ***** imprisonment. Most ***** these costs were incurred during trial. Florida spent $51 million a year over and beyond what it cost to punish all first-degree murderers with life ***** without *****. 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 the cost of life imprisonment in a single m*****ximum cell f***** 40 years. And Cali*****ornia spent $90 ***** every year beyond ordinary ***** ***** o*****ations of ***** justice system. Of this *****, $78 million went ***** at the trial level.

Last year, a Michig*****n House Committee voted in a way that marked the first step in lifting the state's 18-year ban on capital *****ment (prodeath*****.com 2003). The ***** Regulatory Reform Committee voted 6-4 in favor of a death penalty resolution for a statewide vote that August. ***** case *****

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