The Death Penalty
The most controversial method of control
The most common argument for using the death penalty, or capital punishment, is to deter people from crime, not only by the person killed, but by others who are deterred because they know this is a possibility
Capital punishment is most common in Asia, the Middle East, and parts of Africa
There is evidence that the death penalty is race and class biased
A disproportionate number of minority and lower-class individuals are put to death in the U.S.
It is more likely to be imposed if a white person has been murdered