Previously published in Examiner
Part 9 of the Capital Punishment Series
Racial bias within the justice system continued
In general, Blacks are usually poorer than whites, so they are caught and get the heaviest sentences. Whites are better off, they have more money and can pay for a better defense. They also can stay away from court more often because they can pay to get off. These are issues brought up by sociologists and psychologists alike.
Some people say that Blacks commit the most violent crimes, that is not necessarily true across the country. They are however, the most sentenced to the death penalty. Having said that, of course Blacks are associated with gangland violence; but, what about the Hells Angels and other biker gangs, the Mafia, kingpins, and professional hit-men and even the serial killers many of which as we know are white. The Hispanic gangs, the Chinese Gangs and so on. Most of these people mentioned do the crime; but, escape the death penalty because they can afford the best lawyers that money can buy. Remember I said most, not all, Hispanic for example, are among the poorest groups of criminals, unless of course you are talking about the big drug traffickers. This too is brought up by experts in the field.
Those who favor capital punishment maintain that the cost of keeping a criminal incarcerated for the rest of their lives outweighs the cost of executing them. Though this Montreal examiner concedes that is true, because of the length of time spend in prison, what most people do not realize is that the cost of an execution is also a serious drain on the coffers of society. On average, a death-row inmate is housed six years waiting on appeals and stay of executions before the execution is actually carried out.
The defense for Steven Hayes, the murdered Hawke-Petit and her daughters show the ultimate cost of executing the death penalty. They cite just three state costs, but it is enough to proof a point. Carrying out the death penalty in Tennessee averages out to 48 percent more than life sentences, the dollar amount in Washington State comes out to $470,000, and in It costs $2.16 million per execution more than it costs for a “non-capital: defendant sentenced to life in prison. These figures are staggering. In the end economic factors does not compare to taking a human life, and no matter what method is used to punish these monsters, it will never bring their victims back to life.