Executions are arbitrarily applied. Factors such as geographical location, economical means, legal counsel experience, gender, and race impact prosecution cases.

  • Geography: Depending on the people, resources, and political atmosphere, similar crimes are prosecuted differently.
  • Economics: Most defendants cannot afford an attorney and must rely on court-appointed attorneys.
  • Defendant Representation: Some attorneys have limited experience with capital punishment.
  • Gender: Combined with race, gender has an immense amount of influence on death penalty cases. Homicides involving white female victims are 14 times more likely to result in executions than those involving black male victims.
  • Race: Executions are more likely in cases where the victim is white. In Missouri, executions are seven times more likely in cases involving white victims than in cases involving black victims

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