Pro to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
"Death penalty opponents state it is inherently unfair and racially biased. The facts, I believe, are otherwise...
The racial breakdown for those sentenced to death since 1977 is as follows: 48.6 percent white; 40.9 percent black; 8.9 percent Hispanic; and 1.6 percent other. The race of defendants executed in the U.S. since 1976 is 56 percent white; 35 percent black; 7 percent Hispanic; 2 percent other.
The reason for the discrepancy in the execution rate between blacks and whites is that juries deciding whether to impose the death penalty have concluded in more cases involving black defendants that there were extenuating circumstances militating in favor of a lesser penalty...
The American public still supports the death penalty, notwithstanding the hammering capital punishment receives each year... I'm glad the American public does."
"Statistics Show Death Penalty Not Racist," newsmax.com, Sep. 27, 2011
Experts Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, other relevant advanced degrees, corrections and government officials with significant involvement in, or related to, death penalty issues. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]