The Public Interest

Execution by quota?

Stanley Rothman & Stephen Powers

Summer 1994

ON MARCH 17, 1994, the House Judiciary Committee voted to incorporate the Racial Justice Act into this year’s Omnibus Crime Control Bill. The Act essentially would create quotas for the administration of the death penalty, under the assumption that the penalty is applied in a manner discriminatory to black Americans. While the legislation has been opposed by House Republicans, one should not, given the temper of the times and the mood of Congress, discount the possibility that it eventually will become law. 

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