Proposal & Annotated Bibliography Assignment: Capital Punishment

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Proposal & Annotated Bibliography Assignment: Capital Punishment

Proposal & Annotated Bibliography Assignment: Capital Punishment

By: Richard Dilay


I am proposing writing a research paper on the contemporary issue of capital punishment. While, capital punishment has been outlawed in Canada, it still remains a viable option in most parts of the World, including some areas of the United States. With the recent push by the Stephen Harper government, with their crime agenda initiatives, I feel it is an important area to explore, given that there has been a push to hold criminals for accountable for their actions through tougher sentences and punitive measures.

Additionally, capital punishment has always been a controversial issue in several disciplines, such as law, philosophy, ethics and sociology, with some arguing that capital punishment is not only unacceptable but ethically irresponsible especially in this day and age. Others argue that it serves as a powerful deterrent for prospective criminals and acts as a safeguard for society to prevent the most dangerous criminals from ever having the chance to reoffend.

Finally, there is the issue of the effectiveness and fairness of the death penalty. There have been countless cases to come before the courts, alleging that there are innocent individuals on death row and that this is an act that cannot be reversed if the criminal allegations prove to be untrue. Adding to the issue is that the death penalty costs the state and ultimately society, millions of dollars to process a capital punishment. Most of the offenders on death row, challenge the process at every step of the judicial process and in doing so likely waste considerable resources as often the end result remains the same, barring new evidence.

Areas of exploration within research Paper

Some particular areas I would like to explore within this research paper include statistics showing the incidence rates of violent crimes in US...
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