Study: Race matters in US executions

A U.S. study indicated that blacks convicted of killing whites are more likely to receive a death sentence and are more likely to actually be executed.

Study: Race matters in US executions
A U.S. study indicated that blacks convicted of killing whites are more likely to receive a death sentence and are more likely to actually be executed.

But the findings also show African-Americans on death rows for killing non-whites are less likely to be executed than other condemned prisoners.

"Examining who survives on death row is important because less than 10 percent of those given the death sentence ever get executed," said Ohio State University Professor David Jacobs, co-author of the study, "The disparity in execution rates based on the race of victims suggests our justice system places greater value on white lives, even after sentences are handed down."

Jacobs said the study is believed the first to examine whether a homicide victim's race affects the probability a convicted killer receives is executed.

The study also determined Hispanics who killed whites were also more likely to be executed than were whites who killed non-whites.

The researchers included Ohio State University Professor Zhenchao Qian, Jason Carmichael of McGill University and Stephanie Kent of Cleveland State University. Their findings appear in the August issue of the journal American Sociological Review.

UPI
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