The Issue Of Racial Discrimination

985 Words Dec 12th, 2015 4 Pages
The United States criminal justice institution has always been known by the public to be corrupted by racism. The public hears time and time again of stories involving minorities being racially discriminated within the judicial system. There is a rainbow of issues that the United States judicial system has when it comes to racial discrimination. However, the most costly and the most disheartening of these issues is racial discrimination in the death sentencing process. The death penalty is a hot button topic in the United States. It has always had its critics and has always had its issues. However, the issue of racial discrimination is the most dangerous issue inherent in the death penalty because there is another human being on the receiving end that has to pay the ultimate price, his or her life. Racial discrimination in the sentencing process is not only a legal issue but a social issue. The idea of racism in the death penalty sentencing process is nothing new. It has always been known, especially by the black community. However, the United States still continues to blatantly deny that racism is somehow involved. The greatest example of this deliberate denial is a case that was reviewed by the United States Supreme Court, McCleskey v. Kemp, 481 U.S. 279 (1987).
The main focus of this essay is to display the significance of this particular case. The McCleskey v. Kemp case was the foundational structure for allegations of racial discrimination in the death penalty. The…
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