TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Sep 16, 2020

A new national report from the Death Penalty Information Center finds African Americans are more likely to face the death penalty than their white counterparts, Nashville Public Radio reports. The report, which traces the connections between racism and executions since the antebellum period, also found that Blacks are more likely to be discriminated against at every step of the criminal justice system from arrest to jury selection to execution. In addition to the national findings, the report looks at two death penalty cases pending before Tennessee courts: those of Abu-Ali Abdur'Rahman and Pervis Payne.