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  1. Introduction
  2. The Death Penalty and minorities
  3. Notable disparities between the African Americans and Whites sentenced to death.
  4. Conclusion.

Over the course of the twentieth century there have been a number of issues that have promulgated debate. Prayer in public schools, gun control and abortion are among the most notable issues to garner attention. While each of these issues has significant ramifications for the development of society, there is one particular issue that continues to polarize debate and unsettle even may of the most liberal politicians. This issue is the capital punishment.

[...] Thus, there is a clear need to examine concrete data on death row incarcerations to discern if race is indeed a mitigating factor in the application of the death penalty. Assessing quantitative data on ethnicity as it applies to the death penalty, it seems reasonable to argue that the proposed hypothesis is indeed supported. The Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics (2003) reports the following statistics with regard to federal prisoners under the death sentence. As of April there were a total of 3,487 federal prisoners under the sentence of death. [...]


[...] Does race play a mitigating role in the application of the death penalty? Introduction Over the course of the twentieth century there have been a number of issues that have promulgated debate. Prayer in public schools, gun control and abortion are among the most notable issues to garner attention. While each of these issues has significant ramifications for the development of society, there is one particular issue that continues to polarize debate and unsettle even may of the most liberal politicians. [...]

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