Capital Punishment

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Thesis: Capital Punishment should be eliminated because it waste tax money, is applied unfairly, and is unnecessary.


A: What is Capital Punishment?

B: What states in the US enforce Capital Punishment?

Cost/ Benefit

A: Economic pros and cons of Capital Punishment

B: Cost of execution

C: Cost of incarceration


A: Is Capital Punishment applied fairly?

B: Racial Prejudice in application of Capital Punishment


A: Innocent people executed

B: Reasons against Capital Punishment

C: Choose Life in Prison


A: Move away from "eye for an eye"

B: Sending the wrong message

Fall 2:30 1101

11 November 2013

Capital Punishment

The practice of executing prisoners for certain crimes is known as capital punishment. It is based in accord with judicial practice when a prisoner is convicted of a capital crime. Crimes such as rape, murder, treason, mutiny, and theft were punishable by death at various points in history.

These crimes are still punishable by death depending on the state; each state that has the death penalty is different. (What is capital punishment?)

The following 32 states enforce the death penalty Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming, the remaining 18 are against the death penalty(States with and without the Death Penalty).

The Financial cost to taxpayers of execution is several times that of housing an inmate in prison for life. People don't comprehend that carrying out one death sentence costs roughly 2-5 times more than keeping that same criminal in prison for the rest of his life. It has to do with the unending appeals, additional mandatory procedures, and legal quarreling that strain the process.