I am writing a research paper on "The Death Penalty" and how capital punishment is unfairly given to minorities but I don't know where to start.  no

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After you complete your research, you may have to include in your paper whether the death penalty should even be retained in the United States. There are those that believe it should be abolished and in fact, many western countries no longer have the death penalty. In the past few years, many death row inmates have been released due to new DNA evidence that exonerates them. Imagine how many may have been killed before any new DNA evidence could have freed them. And, as you have stated, a great many of the inamtes in prison today are minorities.

For an interesting viewpoint regarding this, I refer you to the work of Prison Fellowship and its founder, Chuck Colson, who was put in prison over his role in the Watergate scandal under President Nixon. After being released from prison, Colson started his ministry, Prison Fellowship, because he knows what it is like to be incarcerated and has a heart for prisoners - even the most vile offenders that throw feces at him when he visits the prisons. Colson's view is different from many others, and I encourage you to read about it.

Good luck on your research!

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Since your thesis is arguing that the Death Penalty is discriminatory towards minorities and the poor, start with a research website that has evidence to support that argument.  Amnesty International is a worldwide human rights organization that has been consistently against the death penalty in the US.  The American website for this group has information about executions past and pending, as well as articles and arguments that will support your papers point of view (with cited sources).  I've included the link below, as well as some other studies on minorities and the death penalty.

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The first thing you need to do is research. You need to find data that supports your opinion. You can do this by researching individuals who have been sentenced and received the death penalty. You will also need to research what their crimes were. You need to find percentages of people in prisons given the death penalty and what their ethnicities are. For example, it is a fact that there are more African Americans in prisons than whites. To make it easy to understand, if there are 10 African Americans sentenced to death and only 2 whites sentenced to death then this does not prove that it is unfair because the ratio of African Americans to whites is different. You need more evidence to back your claim.

Another question I would ask here is what kind of lawyers are some minorities able to afford. Are they given representation by the court or do they hire their own attorneys. So basically, how good are their lawyers and could this be why they are sentenced more harshly.

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