For the death penalty to be justified, it must be reserved for the worst of the worst. In his 2011 study of Connecticut's death penalty system, however, John Donohue found that arbitrariness and discrimination are defining features. Donohue's finding that non-white defendants whose victims were white are six times more likely to receive the death penalty indicates that race is more a predictor of a death sentence than the egregiousness of the crime.
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- capital sentencing
- Death Penalty
- Maricopa County
- qualitative comparative analysis
- worst of the worst
- Sentences (Criminal procedure)--Arizona--Maricopa County.
- Sentences (Criminal procedure)
- Capital punishment--Arizona--Maricopa County.
- Capital Punishment
- Discrimination in justice administration--Arizona--Maricopa County.
- Discrimination in justice administration
- Partial requirement for: M.S., Arizona State University, 2012Note typethesis
- Includes bibliographical references (p. 68-71)Note typebibliography
- Field of study: Justice studies