Death Penalty and Race

by | November 22, 2010
filed under Racism

Came across this worrying statistic today at the blog Sociological Images (via Amnesty International):


It’s interesting to look at how the race of victims, rather than just that of defendants, has influenced the outcome of these homicide trials, with Amnesty International arguing: “From initial charging decisions to plea bargaining to jury sentencing, African-Americans are treated more harshly when they are defendants, and their lives are accorded less value when they are victims.”

In addition to stats on Aboriginal incarceration in Canada, I’ll be saving this one for the next time someone says to me, “Maybe discrimination still exists, but I just don’t see it,”


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