Argument Against the Death Penalty Argumentative Essay by Nicky

Gives a persuasive argument against the death penalty.
# 145350 | 1,082 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2010 | US

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This paper argues against the death penalty, citing the very serious nature of this punishment and the legal process in which one can appeal this sentence. The appeals process is described in depth, including how a case can even reach the US Supreme court, or how an execution may be given a reprieve by the state governor. Additionally, the author backs up his arguments by showing how the appeals process and housing a death row inmate actually is more costly to a state than life imprisonment. The paper concludes by stating that the death penalty only be used rarely, thus saving the states millions of dollars annually.

From the Paper:

"If the difference for the states is about room, the total number of people on death row at a given time is insignificant as compared to the overall prison population. It would hardly seem that a prison with as many fourteen people on death row might be causing prison overcrowding if the death penalty were eliminated. Additionally, if we save two million dollars per death penalty case by not imposing the death penalty, then there is certainly enough money saved to build extra prison lifetime incarceration housing units."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bedeau, Adam and Cassell, Paul G., Debating the Death Penalty, Oxford University Press, (2004).
  • Kappler, Burke W. "Small Favors: Chapter 154 of the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act, the States, and the Right to Counsel." Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology 90.2 (2000): 467. Questia. 15 Dec. 2008 <>.
  • Patterson, Krista L. "Acculturation and the Development of Death Penalty Doctrine in the United States." Duke Law Journal 55.6 (2006): 1217+. Questia. 15 Dec. 2008 <>.

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