Poverty and the Death Penalty

  title={Poverty and the Death Penalty},
  author={Jeffery L. Johnson and Colleen F. Johnson},
  journal={Journal of Economic Issues},
  pages={517 - 523}
Disparities of wealth are inevitable within capitalism. Perhaps nowhere are these disparities more disturbing and deadly than in our system of justice and, in particular, in the way in which the death penalty is meted out in the United States. Our thesis is a simple one: Capital punishment in the United States is administered in an economically discriminatory way. The wealth disparity between those murderers who live and those who die constitutes a serious constitutional challenge to the… 

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