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Death Penalty Affirmative
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Segura and Smith, ’19 (Liliana Segura and Jordan Smith are a journalist and editor, "By Any Measure, Capital Punishment Is a Failed Policy," Intercept, 12-3-2019,
When it came to race, our findings were startling, if not entirely shocking. The disproportionate punishment of defendants of color — and black people specifically — is one of the death penalty’s defining historical characteristics. But our dataset shows that rather than becoming more equitable over time as new death sentences become rarer across the country, the death penalty appears to be more racially biased than ever. In state after state, our data showed that the percentage of people of color sentenced to death in recent years is larger than in the decade immediately following Gregg. The numbers are especially stark in states that are home to the country’s largest death-row populations. In the first full decade after Gregg, people of color made up 51 percent of those sentenced to death in Texas. This percentage has grown to 75 percent in the past 10 years. In California, people of color made up 52 percent of those sentenced to death after Gregg, compared to 78 percent in the last 10 years. In Florida, the proportion jumped from 40 percent to 52 percent over the same two periods. And in Oklahoma people of color leapt from 28 percent of those sentenced to die in the decade after Gregg to 80 percent in the last 10 years. Notes on Record-Keeping Despite years of work, the dataset remains incomplete. One problem we found was a slew of missing names across states from the late 1970s and early 1980s. This is because, although Gregg may broadly mark the beginning of the “modern” death penalty era, many states had to repeatedly revise their new statutes before they could withstand judicial review. Although people condemned to die under such statutes were generally resentenced, the process varied from state to state — and information about these early cases can be hard to come by. Then there is the sizable set of names missing from our data altogether: the men and women sentenced to die in the chaotic era after Furman and before Gregg. Hundreds were pulled into the system during this time, and these invisible cases are an emblem of the false distinction between the so-called modern death penalty era and everything that came before. As we prepared to make this data public, we wanted to be transparent about the ways in which we sacrificed nuance and detail in favor of simplicity and cohesion. RACE: As our reviewing experts pointed out, some of the most important evidence showing bias in our death penalty system is revealed by the race of the victim in a given case. Numerous studies have shown that a defendant’s chance of receiving a death sentence is far higher if the victim is white. In fact, a report published this past August revealed that in Georgia — whose death penalty law provided the model for other states back in 1976 — defendants convicted of killing a white victim are 17 times more likely to be executed.

The problem can’t be corrected – The death penalty is inherently racist weapon of the state – only wholesale abolition solves

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