Help with argumentative essay that is for capital punishment?





I am doing an essay over capital punishment, and I am for it. In this essay, I need two strong arguments FOR it, followed by a counter argument from someone who is against it, and lastly I need to counter their counter argument. I think the two arguments I want to do are deterrence and overpopulation in prisons. However, I will consider other arguments, so please include the argument, counterargument, and counter counterargument in your answers. Thanks!



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3 Answers to “Help with argumentative essay that is for capital punishment?”

  1. ablow says:

    On the facts, you actually have the tougher side:Capital punishment doesn’t reduce crime, prolongs the anguish of families of murder victims, costs a whole lot more than life in prison, and, worst of all, risks executions of innocent people.The worst thing about it. Errors:The system can make tragic mistakes. Cameron Todd Willingham was executed for setting the fire that killed his children, based on what even the Texas Forensics Science Commission acknowledges was junk science. We’ll never know for sure how many people have been executed for crimes they didn’t commit. As of now, 140 wrongly convicted people on death row have been exonerated. DNA is rarely available in homicides, often irrelevant (as in Willingham’s case) and can’t guarantee we won’t execute innocent people. Capital juries are dominated by people who favor capital punishment and are more likely to vote to convict. Keeping killers off the streets for good:Life without parole, on the books in most states, also prevents reoffending. It means what it says, and spending the rest of your life locked up, knowing you’ll never be free, is no picnic. Two big advantages: -an innocent person serving life can be released from prison -life without parole costs less than capital punishmentCosts, a surprise to many people:Study after study has found that capital punishment is much more expensive than life in prison. Since the stakes are so high, the process is far more complex than for any other kind of criminal case. The largest costs come at the pre-trial and trial stages. These apply whether or not the defendant is convicted, let alone sentenced to death. Crime reduction (deterrence):Capital punishment doesn’t keep us safer. Homicide rates for states that use the death penalty are consistently higher than for those that don’t. The most recent FBI data confirms this. For people without a conscience, fear of being caught is the best deterrent.Who gets it:Capital punishment isn’t reserved for the worst crimes, but for defendants with the worst lawyers. It doesn’t apply to people with money. Practically everyone sentenced to death had to rely on an overworked public defender. How many people with money have been executed?Victims: People assume that families of murder victims want capital punishment to be imposed. It isn’t necessarily so. Some are against it on moral grounds. But even families who have supported it in principle have testified to the protracted and unavoidable damage that the capital punishment process does to families like theirs and that life without parole is an appropriate alternative.It comes down to whether we should keep capital punishment for retribution or revenge.

  2. bouchal says:

    I strongly suggest that even if you are for CP, you should write an essay against it for the following reasons:-takes too long (wastes court time) and costs too much $$ to kill somebody due to near-endless appeals.-rich people use their lawyers to skate, while the poor (mostly Black and Latinos) are left to fry-the laws vary too much from state to state to ever see CP as just and fair.However, if you insist on being stubborn…-eye for an eye is a form of restitution (paying your debt to society in full)-could act as a deterrent for non-impulsive crime-could appeal previous sentences to clear out prisonsA counter to the above arguments are that society and justice are best served by CP, if handled at a Federal level to ensure equal treatment for all accused.Good luck:)

  3. woodworking says:

    Here’s an argument FOR:Thousands of innocent people in the USA are in need of new organs (hearts, livers, kidneys, etc.). People who are convicted of violent and/or heinous crimes (murder, rape, child sex abusers, etc.) could be humanely “euthanized” in hospitals by removing their organs under general anesthesia, and the organs be given to people waiting. It will solve two problems: prison overcrowding, and lack of available organs for innocent citizens.