The American Independent: States grapple with death penalty legislation

“Last week, the North Carolina Independent News reported on the state’s Racial Justice Act — which allows death row inmates to appeal their sentences if they can demonstrate racial bias in their original trials — being upheld in court. The case comes at a time when the utility of such laws has been demonstrated by a study published in the Louisiana Law Review showing that someone convicted of killing a white victim is 2.6 times more likely to be sentenced to death than someone convicted of killing a black victim. This atmosphere of distaste for the death penalty seems to be spreading, and just a month and a half into the year, it is already becoming evident in several legislatures across the country. Legislative opposition to the death penalty has recently arisen in at least three states.

Further information about death penalty issues in other states besides North Carolina: States grapple with death penalty legislation


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