Peculiarities of the Application of the Death Penalty in the U.S. in the Context of Racial Discrimination

Shestak, V.A. & Goncharova, V.A. (2020). Peculiarities of the application of the death penalty in the U.S. in the context of racial discrimination. Law, society, state: problems of theory and history: Materials of The Correspondence international scientific student conference (24-25 April 2020)

4 Pages Posted: 23 Jun 2020

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Viktor Shestak

Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO)

Victoria Goncharova

MGIMO University

Date Written: April 25, 2020

Abstract

The paper considers the issue of racial discrimination in the United States in criminal prosecutions for murder and other capital offenses. The relevance of this issue is undeniable and based on the notable discrimination against black people in the application of the death penalty in the United States. Statistics show that judges are more likely to impose the death penalty on black people rather than on white Americans in similar cases. Statistics were provided to confirm the severity of the problem of discrimination in the United States. Among other things, real cases of courts whose decisions appear to be clearly discriminatory are cited as well.

Keywords: Racial Discrimination; Murder; Death Penalty; US Criminal Law

JEL Classification: K14

Suggested Citation

Shestak, Viktor and Goncharova, Victoria, Peculiarities of the Application of the Death Penalty in the U.S. in the Context of Racial Discrimination (April 25, 2020). Shestak, V.A. & Goncharova, V.A. (2020). Peculiarities of the application of the death penalty in the U.S. in the context of racial discrimination. Law, society, state: problems of theory and history: Materials of The Correspondence international scientific student conference (24-25 April 2020), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3613639 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3613639

Viktor Shestak (Contact Author)

Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) ( email )

Prospekt Vernadskogo, 76
Moscow, 119454
Russia

Victoria Goncharova

MGIMO University ( email )

Moscow
Russia

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