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New study finds vast racial, geographic disparities in Florida executions

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Two days after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Florida’s death sentencing system as unconstitutional, a new report says the state’s death penalty is plagued by vast racial, gender and geographic inequities. The report, written by University of North Carolina political science professor Frank Baumgartner, looked at executions carried out in Florida between 1976 and 2014. His conclusion includes that the race and gender of the victim, as well as the county where the crime occurred, improperly influences who’s sentenced to death and…

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