…and others are not – Many inmates spend decades on death row?how are the ones who are finally actually executed chosen? For instance, only around 50 of the over 3,200 inmates on death row were executed in 2006. A statistical analysis reveals the common traits of those who were given the needle?and they’re not what you expected!

Gender is a major factor, since women are rarely executed but (surprisingly) race is NOT (at least not any more). The people most likely to be executed are those who have had the least education, rather than those who have committed the worst crimes. In Tech News Watch, “Lockergnome” quotes Simon Shepherd of Death Watch International as saying, “This finding confirms that being executed is not about what you’ve done, but more about your ability to defend yourself.”

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