In the United States the death penalty is a controversial subject. It has been a practice for many years, and still is. In 2007, 42 people were executed in the United State. That is lower then past history. Many people feel that the death penalty is important to have. Life in prison is not enough for people who have killed others. The death penalty is made for the worst of the worst, so it would be important to keep it for the people who have committed murder.
    The death penalty is inconsistent and disproportionately effects people who are economically and socially disadvantaged; minorities live with more crime in their neighborhoods and they are more likely to commit a crime. 95 percent of people on 
death row cannot afford their own lawyer (Recent Death Penalty Trends). With minorities not being able to afford a good lawyer, they are more likely to be sentenced to death. There have been studies done that show that you are almost four times more likely to be sentenced to death if you kill a white person over another. The victims of people on death row show this. Since 1976, 250 of the victims were black while 1341 were white. This is significant evidence that shows that the death penalty is not equal, it’s not consistent. With those numbers you would think that there are more white people being killed then blacks, but it is just about even with white and black deaths. So it shows that people are more likely to be sentenced to death if you kill a white person over a black person. For someone to get the death penalty it shouldn’t be determined by his or her race, their victims race, or by where they live.
    On this web page you will learn about the death penalty and how it is an injustice. You will be able to see how is affects everyone and need to be ended. We hope you learn more and get more interested in the death penalty, and learn how you can help.
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