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Jerry Joubert


There are currently 34 states with the death penalty and 16 states without the death penalty in the United States. According to the most recent report from the Death Penalty Information Center, there have been 1276 executions in the United States since 1976. In the year 2011 alone, there were 42 executions. This was 4 executions less than the previous year. Among the 1276 total executions in the United States since 1976, 1048 have taken place in the South. There are approximately 3,251 inmates on death row. African-Americans represent 42% of these inmates (Death Penalty Information Center, 2011). This statistic is quite disproportional because African-Americans only represent 9.7% of the population (2010 US Census, 2011).

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Jerry Joubert is a double major in Criminal Justice and Philosophy. He presented this paper at the 2012 National Conference of Undergraduate Research.

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