Death Penalty Essay

678 WordsMay 17, 20123 Pages
The death penalty system in the United States carries burdens such as political agendas, discrimination against certain offenders and victims, and even execution of the innocent. Among many imperfections, the death penalty system in the United States continues to carry an apparent preconception upon the sex of the offender. When the murderer becomes the murderess, disruption and confusion come in to our minds. Female offenders that are arrested for murder, are only very rarely are sentenced to death. If sentenced, they are seldom executed. It is difficult to understand why women have received such favored treatment, since the purposes allegedly served by capital punishment are applicable to both sexes. There is overwhelming evidence in the favor of the prosecution. The verdict comes back from the jury, not guilty. Why? The defendant is a woman and or an African American. In our era of equal rights and civil liberties minority women have made great strides in their advancement and role in society, yet it seems that gender segregates when it comes to crime. There have been countless cases where women and men have been tried for the same crime, yet when it comes to verdict and sentencing, the results don’t necessarily match. If one commits a crime one should be punished accordingly regardless of gender. In our society we seem to have two separate rules for our criminals, one for men and one for women. The key issues are men and women treated equally by the criminal justice system. Another issue in gender biased sentencing is in its severity. Are women sentenced heavier for certain crimes then men? As one example, a study by Demuth (2003) of felony defendant processing in large urban courts to discover differences at the pretrial release stage for Hispanics, blacks, and whites found that Hispanic defendants were more likely to be detained prior to case disposition

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