In the Capital of Capital Punishment
Scott Baldauf, writer of The Christian Science Monitor, The Christian Science Monitor
Statistically speaking, texas' harris County isn't so different from Urban Anywhere. It's about the size of Delaware. Its murder rate is below the national average for big cities. Its ethnic makeup - 54 percent Anglo, 22 percent Hispanic, 18 percent black - is a portrait of the late 20th-century American melting pot.
Yet there's one stat that sets Harris County, which includes Houston, apart from the rest of the US. In a state that has executed more prisoners than all other states combined, nearly one-third of the death-row inmates come from Harris County. It's America's unofficial death-penalty capital.
The reasons behind this proclivity to use society's …
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Publication information: Article title: In the Capital of Capital Punishment. Contributors: Scott Baldauf, writer of The Christian Science Monitor - Author. Newspaper title: The Christian Science Monitor. Publication date: July 29, 1999. Page number: 1. © 2009 The Christian Science Publishing Society. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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