ASSIGNMENT: Discuss how the racial/ethnic makeup of the overall prison population and the death row population in Texas compares to the racial/ethnic breakdown of the general population in Texas. (Refer to â€œWho are Texans?â€ in Chapter 13.) What might explain the racial/ethnic makeup of the prison population in Texas? Which regions of the country have higher incarceration rates and death penalty usage? (Refer to â€œTexas and the nationâ€ in Chapter 13.) What do you think explains the differences in the regional patterns of incarceration and death penalty usage? After reading Chapter 13, how do you feel about the fairness of the Texas criminal justice system? Are there any specific reforms that you would like to see adopted?
Requirements: Submissions that are more comprehensive and detailed will earn a higher point total. Each assignment should be a minimum of 750 words. Submissions should include a works cited page (note: there must be a parenthetical citation at the end of each sentence that contains information from a source). The textbook should be one of the sources and included on the works cited page (at least 2 sources other than the textbook must be used as well). Students should offer evidence for their arguments. You should use New Courier or Times New Roman, 12 point font, double-spacing, and one inch margins on all four sides of the paper. The assignment is to be formatted according to the Modern Language Association (MLA) style which includes a works cited page but does NOT include a title page.
Chapter 13 is attached for reference and for cite to be included in essay.