Is the Death Penalty Just? by Carla Mooney

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It is a human rights violation. We need to end it now,”32 she says. Wrongful Convictions Every year in the United States mistakes occur in the justice system, and people like Damon Thibodeaux go to jail for crimes they did not commit. Since 1989 more than two thousand people have been convicted and later exonerated of serious crimes, according to researchers from the University of Michigan Law School and the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law. Some of these convictions occurred because defendants pled guilty to a crime they did not commit in order to avoid a longer prison sentence.

Only the president has the power to grant a pardon for federal death row inmates. • Since 1973 over 140 people have been released from death row with evidence of their innocence, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. • There have been 316 post-conviction DNA exonerations in the United States, according to the Innocence Project. • The Innocent Project reports that false confessions and incriminating statements lead to wrongful convictions in approximately 25 percent of cases. • Informants contributed to wrongful convictions in 18 percent of cases, as reported by the Innocence Project.

The study authors concluded, “The present study confirms what earlier studies have shown: that the death penalty is imposed on women relatively infrequently and that it is disproportionately imposed for the killing of women. Thus, the death penalty . . appears to be applied in accordance with stereotypes about women’s innate abilities, their roles in society, and their capacity for violence. ” Quoted in Steven F. Shatz and Naomi R. Shatz, “Chivalry Is Not Dead: Murder, Gender, and the Death Penalty,” University of San Francisco Law School, 2011.

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