Abolish the Death Penalty! Argumentative Essay by Nicky

Abolish the Death Penalty!
An argument that capital punishment is an ineffective, unfair and inhumane practice.
# 146423 | 2,404 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2010 | US

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The paper reveals that racial biases permeate the criminal justice system with blacks more likely to receive the death penalty than whites. The paper goes on to prove that capital punishment does not serve as a deterrent to crime, and argues that even animals are treated more humanely at the time of death than their human counterparts, some of which are being murdered by the state for crimes they did not even commit. The paper contends that the death penalty should be abolished altogether in the United States, in lieu of more humane and more effective means of crime prevention.

Justice for All...With a Few exceptions
Wrongful Executions: Murder by the State
Crime Deterrence
Humane Executions?

From the Paper:

"One of the key arguments against the death penalty is that in 96% of the states where there have been reviews of the death penalty, a pattern of racial discrimination became apparent (Death Penalty Information Center, p. 2). In states that have the death penalty, 98% of the chief district attorneys are white, with only 1% black (Death Penalty Information Center, p. 2). This racial inequality in the justice system may have an impact on the administration of the death penalty and the chances that a person will pay the ultimate price for a crime."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Amnesty International. Death Penalty. 2008. http://www.amnestyusa.org/death- penalty/page.do?id=1011005 (Accessed March 10, 2009).
  • Death Penalty Information Center. Facts About the Death Penalty. March 1, 2009. http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/FactSheet.pdf (Accessed March 10, 2009).
  • Gumbel, A. The Innocence Project: Guilty Until Proven Innocent. Common Dreams My 4, 2006). http://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0504-09.htm (Accessed March 10, 2009).
  • Horisch, H. and Strassmair, C. An experimental test of the deterrence hypothesis. Discussion Papers in Economics. February 27, 2008. University of Munich. http://epub.ub.uni- muenchen.de/2139/2/crime_Munich_DP.pdf (Accessed March 10, 2009).
  • Radelet, M., Bedau, H., and Putnam, C. In Spite of Innocence: Erroneous Convictions in Capital Cases. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1992, and Bedau and Radelet, "Miscarriages of Justice in Potentially Capital Cases." Stanford Law Review 40 (1987): 21-179) http://mitglied.lycos.de/peterwill/penal9.htm (Accessed March 10, 2009).

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