The racial and economic bias is not a valid argument against the death penalty.
It is an argument against the courts and their unfair system of sentencing.
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S., although they are distributed in wildly uneven fashion.
California’s death row, by far the nation’s largest, tops out at well over 700, while three or fewer inmates await execution in seven states.
Construction, sports, driving, and air travel all offer the possibility of accidental death even though the highest levels of precautions are taken.
These activities continue to take place, and continue to occasionally take human lives, because we have all decided, as a society, that the advantages outweigh the unintended loss.
If supporting a death row inmate for the rest their life costs less than putting them to death, and ending their financial burden on society, then the problem lies in the court system, not in the death penalty. We all live in a society with the same basic rights and guarantees.
As for the additional argument, that making a prisoner wait for years to be executed is cruel, then would not waiting for death in prison for the rest of your life be just as cruel, as in the case of life imprisonment without parole. We have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness with equal opportunities. It is the foundation on which everything else is built upon.