NACDL - Race and the Death Penalty

Race and the Death Penalty

Racial bias against defendants of color and in favor of white victims has a strong effect on who is capitally prosecuted, sentenced to death, and executed. 

Racial bias against defendants of color and in favor of white victims has a strong effect on who is capitally prosecuted, sentenced to death, and executed. (Death Penalty Information Center)

Check out the Death Penalty Information Center for data on executions by race of defendants and executions by race of victim:

Death Penalty Information Center

Additional Resources on Race and the Criminal Justice System

Continue reading below