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Why The Death Penalty In America Is Sexist

CHRISTINA STERBENZ SEP. 6, 2013, 10:18 PM 6,760 20
In just a few weeks, a jury could decide whether Jodi Arias will get the death penalty for the brutal murder of her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander in 2008.
Considering the United States has executed only 13 women in the last 40 years, a death sentence would seem highly unusual.
Women committed less than 10% of all murders in America between 2000 and 2010, a Wall Street Journal analysis of crime data found. However, women defendants only make up 2% of death row, according to a recent report by the NAACP.
Even fewer women actually get executed, Death Penalty Information Center executive director Richard Dieter told Business Insider.
"There's just less enforcement of the death penalty at almost every stage for females," he said. Two major factors contribute to the low number of women who get capital punishment: the nature of the crime and how juries view women in general. The death penalty is often used for killers who also…

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