Race and the Death Penalty

Texas is the first U.S. state to reach a grim milestone – they recently executed their 500th prisoner since the U.S. Supreme Court lifted a moratorium on the death penalty in 1976. 52-year-old Kimberly McCarthy, an African-American woman, was convicted of murder in 1998 and had exhausted her legal appeals. “Today and historically, race is the greatest predictor of who gets the death penalty in the United States,” says Byron Stevenson, Executive Director of the Equal Justice Institute.

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