Death Penalty Research Paper

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The Death Penalty Research Paper English Composition ENG101 03 December 2011

Abstract The death penalty is a subject of much debate amongst the American people. Some people support capital punishment while others do not. Examination of sources and analyses of important history regarding the death penalty will hopefully add to the understanding of why it is so important in our day and age to have such a penalty to deter and deal with the most violent of offenders in our modern day society. A major influence on my position is my uncle being murdered when I was younger. The points I use to support my argument for being Pro Death Penalty are the history of the death penalty, the death penalty as a
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He was already a twice-convicted murderer in Iowa where there is no death penalty for murder. So although he was already a convicted murderer the threat of the death penalty deterred him from killing or allowing any of the other prisoners to kill any of the guards. Another example is of a woman who robbed a store with an unloaded gun. When asked by police why she didn’t have a loaded gun she replied, if things got out of hand she did not want to lose her cool and start shooting people, and possibly kill someone for fear of being sentenced to death. The topic that is at the forefront of every death penalty argument these days is the cost-comparison of “life in prison vs. death”. There are a couple different ways to dissect this issue. It is true that a capital case is more expensive than a life sentence case. This is because of the long drawn out nature of these cases. The appeals that are associated with them cost the court even more time and money. Finally the burden on the taxpayer for having to foot the bill for their housing in prison while they wait for years on death row. California is home to the largest death row population in the U.S., it costs an extra $90,000 per inmate to imprison someone sentenced to death, an additional expense that totals more than $63.3 million annually for 667 inmates on death row. Today this seems to be the major argument for the population that does not

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