CJ202 Final Exam

Mar 30th, 2015
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What is your response to the argument that the death penalty is disproportionately imposed on minorities and the poor? Consider the following: • What was the finding of the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of McCleskey v. Kemp, and how has this case changed the approach used by defense attorneys in capital cases?• Finally, state your opinion on the Supreme Courts’ holdings in McCleskey v. Kemp. Name at least three unintended consequences of an ever-increasing prison population? Give concrete examples of each. Discuss the political and social effects of these consequences. Are they acceptable? Explain your reasoning. Identify and describe at least three ways the criminal justice system operates to allow for an overrepresentation of African Americans and Latinos/as in the prisons. Be sure and give one example involving the police, one involving the courts, and one involving corrections. African Americans and Latinos/as are overrepresented in the criminal justice system. Discuss the social

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CJ202 Final Exam1. What is your response to the argument that the death penalty is disproportionately imposed on minorities and the poor? Consider the following: ? What was the finding of the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of McCleskey v. Kemp, and how has this case changed the approach used by defense attorneys in capital cases?? Finally, state your opinion on the Supreme Courts' holdings in McCleskey v. Kemp.The death penalty is the ultimate punishment for a criminal offender but as with other aspects of the criminal justice system there is a potential bias for the minority. In fact critics of the death penalty find the death penalty is disproportionately imposed on minorities and they would be correct. It is a well known fact there are more minorities on death row and in fact in some states the difference in minorities and non minorities on death row is significant. For example in Texas 70% of criminal offenders on death row are minorities (Dieter, 2013). The problem is in Texas minorities make up less than 25% of the entire population. In the case of McCleskey v. Kemp, McClesky claimed based on a quantitative study conducted by Professor David Baldus of the University of Iowa Law School the Georgia's death penalty is racially biased. The Supreme Court ruled the claim made by McCleksy was too broad and any racial discrimination must apply to his individual case with actors in the criminal justice system violating his constitutional rights. Based on this ruling

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