The death penalty:Too much room for error includes outline and research

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Thesis Statement

The death penalty should be abolished from the United States.

I. The death penalty is not an effective deterrent for monstrous crimes.

A. "Scientific studies have consistently failed to find convincing evidence

that the death penalty deters crime more effectively than other

punishment" (Amnesty)

B. "A New York Times survey, released in September 2000, found that

during the last 20 years, the homicide rate in the states with the death

penalty has been 48 percent to 101 percent higher than in the states

with out the death penalty."(Amnesty USA)

II. The economic ramifications of the death penalty are higher than the costs

of a life term sentence.

A. "Numerous studies have shown that it is significantly less expensive

than capital punishment."(Death Penalty)

B. "The defense costs were about four times higher in cases where death

was sought than in comparable cases where death was not

sought."(Death Penalty)

III. The chance of being proven innocent is too great when dealing with the

death penalty.

A. "Since 1973, 112 people have been released from death row, with

evidence of their innocence."(Death Penalty)

B. James Liebmen stated "An astonishing 82 percent of death row

inmates did not deserve the death penalty" also "One in twenty death

row inmates are later found not guilty."(American Civil)

C. "In many cases, it was good fortune rather than the criminal justice

system that established innocence."(American Civil)

D. "It is irrevocable and can be inflicted on the innocent; it has never been shown to deter crime more effectively than other punishment." (Amnesty)

IV. Justice of the victim is not achieved through the death penalty.

A. The death penalty is a way to let the criminal off easy.

B. By giving a criminal life in prison with out parole, there is no chance

the criminal will get out, and they spend the rest of their lives living

with what they have done and most likely suffering.

The Death Penalty: Too much room for error!

In the United States thirty-eight out of the fifty states have the death penalty as an option for punishment in criminal cases. If the death penalty was so effective in stopping crime, wouldn't all fifty states use it? Or is it that the twelve states that don't use the death penalty realize all the negative aspects that it has? In my view there are no positive aspects of the death penalty only negative aspects. The death penalty is not an effective deterrent for crimes, the economic ramifications of the death penalty are high, there is an extremely great chance that innocence may be proven after the fact, and the victims of these crimes do not achieve justice. Thus I believe the death penalty should be abolished from all of the fifty states in the Unites States.

The death penalty is not an effective deterrent for horrible crimes. The death penalty dose not deter crime more effectively than any other punishment used by the judicial system; as a source confirms "Scientific studies have consistently failed to find convincing evidence that the death penalty deters crime more effectively than other punishment" (Amnesty). As can be expected this may not be such a big surprise to many. Crimes are either thought out very precisely or not at all, thus the criminal is either

expecting not to get caught or isn't thinking about the possibility of any consequences, as a result the possibility of death never comes to mind while planning the "perfect" murder or even while during a spontaneous act. In a survey released in September 2000, by the New York Times reports "during the last twenty years, the homicide rate in the states with the death penalty has been forty-eight percent to one-hundred and one percent higher than in the states without the death penalty" (Amnesty USA).

A sentence of death has higher economic ramifications than the cost of a life sentence. The process of sentencing a...
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