Monday, August 2, 2010

N&O Article: Victim's Race Skews Death Penalty


The News and Observer last week reported the conclusions of a Colorado Study by Michael Radelet (right) on the Death Penalty in North Carolina.

The study--the most comprehensive of its kind to date--found that "the odds of receiving a death sentence in cases where the victim was white were 2.96 times as high as the odds in cases with black victims."

Even when the study controlled for other factors, such as commission of other felonies or multiple victims, it still found bias in sentencing.

The findings are clear. Kill a white person and you are more likely to end up on death row than if you kill a black person.

Very troubling.

Read more here.

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