Topic: Capital Punishment in the Criminal Justice System
Thesis: The criminal justice system should revisit capital punishment as a form of combating crime as there are aspects of biases experienced.
Kumar S. “OPINION: The death sentence is ineffective, cruel” OPINION. 3 Feb 2015
In the article “OPINION: The death sentence is ineffective, cruel,” authored by Sonia Kumar have various arguments regarding the form of punishment that is applied whenever a crime is committed. The article has concentrated on capital punishment which in his own opinion states that it is outdated, ineffective, biased and an expensive practice which above all supports violence cycle furthered. Various facts have been provided in the article to support this argument regarding capital punishment. The author states that despite the punishment being implemented in the various judgments by the courts, the rate of crime is still high and the purpose in which it was supposed to serve not met. Regarding capital punishment being outdated, Sonia states that this is a practice that was meant to scare away criminals but there are those who are doing it with the knowledge of what will occur them and thus ends up not working. Sonia gives an example of states and countries which had previously adopted this form of punishment but gradually, they found that it is not working for them. After realizing that capital punishment is not serving the intended purpose, they adopt new ways and forms of punishment, and it turns out to be effective. The author points out that there are times when the officers in charge do not carry out a comprehensive investigation and end up subjecting innocent individuals to capital punishment. The author table facts regarding the expenses of housing prisoners on death row comparing it to prisoners in the general population and it found to be double. Finally, the author states that capital punishment furthers a cycle of violence as there those who after revenge. The article by Sonia has presented facts that can be relied on when investigating why capital punishment should be avoided and thus can be considered in research work as a proof that outdated, ineffective, biased and expensive practice.
Pilkington Ed “Research exposes racial discrimination in America’s death penalty capital.” New York Times. 13 Mar 2013.
In the article “Research exposes racial discrimination in America’s death penalty capital”, published by Ed Pilkington in New York Times, there is a presentation of facts and statistics that show that black inmates in Houston stand a higher chance for more than thrice as compared to whites regarding death sentences that are effected by courts of law. These were research that aimed at investigating the rate at which death sentences are effected to inmates regardless of their race. Referring to a study that was conducted by a criminologist from the University of Maryland it was evident that racial discrimination dominates in Harris County. When whites are presented before the magistrate and a decision made regarding capital punishment, chances of the cases being reconsidered is high as compared to black inmates. When comparing capital murder in Harris County between 1992 and 1999, it was evident that seven out ten of the crimes that were reported associated to African American sent for capital trial compared to only one out of five of white defendants subjected to the same. Despite being presented to different Judges, the decision presented stands to be valid. This is an indication that racial discrimination plays a critical role in the denial of justice to the Black Americans. This article is of importance when investigating why capital punishment is not always an effective way to combat crime as racial discrimination takes a larger portion in the determination of cases. The case of Buck, the percentages of black population being subjected capital punishment as compared to whites is of importance in the presentation of facts.
Demby G. “How Black Americans See Discrimination.” Morning Edition. 25 OCT. 2017.
In the article, “How Black Americans See Discrimination,” authored by Gene Demby and published on Morning Edition, there is a presentation of facts and statistics regarding how Black Americans face racial discrimination from the whites which has extended to the corridors of justice. The author states that racial discrimination remains one of the social problems that is experienced in the society today which is practiced and furthered by the actions of both whites and blacks. Racial discrimination is being practiced regularly to an extent the discriminated cannot condemn it as they have taken it to be a way of living which should not be the case. Black Americans take racial discrimination as a fact of life citing the study that was conducted by NPR, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. These imply that some of the victims of racial discrimination do not even realize the kind of treatment passed through. Racial discrimination seems to have a greater impact at the institutional level compared to individuals because of the influence that is experienced. The research showed that those who were in different economic classes were prone to racial discrimination. This is the reason as to why when a case involving a black and a white are presented for hearing; the white magistrate seems to favor the other white regardless of the crime committed. Also, the police associated black Americans with crimes and that are the reason there are more blacks than whites as inmates in various prisons. The article is considered important when investigating the factors that lead to criminal injustice and its relation to racial discrimination. The statistics by the Bureau of Justice Statistics is important in showing the percentages regarding racial discrimination and legal administration.