Previously published in Examiner
Part 7 of the Capital Punishment series
Demographics for death-row inmates
“In the United States, of the 3309 inmates they are 45 percent of Caucasians, 42 percent African Americans, and 11 percent Hispanics on death row. There are only 56 women on death row in the United States as of 2007.” The death penalty in the United States is not only reserved for murders. There are 38 states that currently have the death penalty and each state determines who should get the death penalty. These crimes now include “child molestation, accomplices to murder, and the murder of judges and witnesses of a trial.”
However, if we look at just a state by state demographics of death-row inmates, we see a disparity, in other words some states are fairer in their use of the death penalty than other states. Is the law not supposed to be fair to everyone and yes though many people may not like it, the law is written supposedly to give even the guilty a fair trial and sentencing. How is this accomplished when each state can decide for themselves, and when they disproportionately put more black Americans on death-row that anyone else.
Here is the demographics provided by North Carolina Department of Corrections
Currently on death-row:
60 caucasians (2 female). 87 African American (1 female), 4 Native American (1 female) and 4 other.
On the other hand, since the abolishment of the death penalty in Canada, according to Corrections Canada and Stats Can, murder has declined.