UnequalTreatmentAccording to The InnocenceProject, about 70 percent ofthose exonerated by DNAhave been people of color
The DeathPenalty is not adeterrent fromcrimeData from the FBI indicatesthat the fourteen stateswithout Capital Punishmentin 2008 had homicide ratesat or below the national rate(Amn)
The Death Penalty Costs Taxpayers More…The California Death Penalty costs the state $137million per year compared to $11.5 million for a systemwithout the death penalty (Amn)
There is something we can do• Become familiar with local/national laws and policies• Connect with local Outreach Organizations (InnocenceProject, The Equal Justice Initiative)• Spread awareness to others
Equal JusticeAccording to U.S. Senator RussFeingold, “ we simply can not offerequal justice to all Americans whenracial disparities plague the systemby which our society imposes theultimate punishment”(Deb 27).
Works Cited• "DNA Exoneree Case Profiles." The Innocence Project. Web. 23 May 2013.http://www.innocenceproject.org/know/• Bedau, Hugo Adam., and Paul G. Cassell. Debating the Death Penalty: Should America Have CapitalPunishment? : The Experts on Both Sides Make Their Best Case. New York: Oxford UP, 2004. Print• "Know The Facts About Capital Punishment." U.S. Death Penalty Facts. Amnesty International USA,Web. 25 Apr. 2013. http://www.amnestyusa.org/our-work/issues/death-penalty/us-death-penalty-facts• “States with and without the Death Penalty.” .Death Penalty Information Center. Web.28 May 2013.http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/states-and-without-death-penalty• "New ACLU Report Details Pervasive Racial Discrimination in America." American Civil Liberties Union.Web. 26 Apr. 2013. http://www.aclu.org/human-rights/new-aclu-report-details-pervasive-racial-discrimination-america• "Race and the Death Penalty. Capital Punishment in Context." Welcome to Capital Punishment in ContextCapital Punishment in Context. Web. 26 Apr. 2013. www.capitalpunishmentincontext.org/issues