Graduation Year

Fall 2014

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Legal Studies

Reader 1

Jennifer Groscup

Reader 2

Mark Golub

Rights Information

© 2013 Sasha Bassi


Racial discrimination in capital punishment has been documented from the 1700s to today. Among the 32 states that still have the death penalty, some have implemented measures at a legislative or judicial level to prevent the arbitrary imposition of the death penalty. The goal of this thesis is to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the result of one such effort, the North Carolina Racial Justice Act. Doing so will help determine if this is a model that other states should replicate, and if so, how it should be altered for a successful reimplementation.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.