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Death Penalty in Michigan

There are, at present, 38 states with the death penalty and 12 without (death*****info.org 2004). ***** is one of the *****. 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 ********** 1% were black. Another study conducted in Philadelphia revealed that more blacks ***** given the death penalty ***** ***** and other ***** at 38%. Still another study ***** in North Carolina said ***** the death sentence went up by 3.5 times when the victims were white (deathpenaltyinfo.org). Records show that 37 ***** with the death penalty used lethal injection method in 739 *****, 151 by electrocution, 11 by gas chamber, 3 by hanging and 2 ***** firing squad.

Surveys ***** top academic criminological societies said that 84% of these experts did not consider the death ***** a deterrent to murder. Police chiefs also revealed in a 1995 Hart Research ***** they did not 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 are 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 than one state.

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

***** Carolina spent over $2.18 million per execution against ***** costs of a non-de*****th penalty ***** case with a sentence of life imprisonment. Most ***** these costs were incurred during tri*****l. ***** spent $51 million a year over and beyond what it cost to punish all first-degree murderers with life ***** without parole. 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 ***** ***** of life imprisonment in a single maximum cell ***** 40 **********. 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.

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

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