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Outline of issues surrounding capital punishment

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The outline consists of the pro and con side of capital punishment. The pro side consists of retribution, heinous of crime, victim's rights. The con side consists of rights of criminal, cost, racial discrimination, conviction of the innocent, and miscarriage of justice.

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Capital Punishment

Background: Capital punishment is the death penalty required as a response to capital crimes such as murder, rape, and serial killing. Capital comes from the Latin word meaning head-the head was cut off at capital crimes. Recently, many countries have abolished capital punishment and the UN has supported its abolition.
Four countries still support the death penalty in the world.

Pro-Capital Punishment:
1. Retribution-The murderer has taken away the life of another person and as a result should lose his life for violating the future of another person as well as the person's dignity and moral value. Kant would support it, because murder violates the dignity and autonomy of another person's life.
A victim's life is the basis of morality and the highest value protected by morality. If a murderer takes that life, he/she ...

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Death Penalty

Neubauer, David W. (2001) Debating crime: Rhetoric and reality. Belmont, CA:
Wadsworth/Thomson Learning.

A great deal of debate exists about the existence and various applications of the death penalty in the U.S. Since the year 2002 alone, the U.S. Supreme Court has declared the execution of juveniles and mentally retarded persons unconstitutional (see the isssues on Juveniles and Mental Retardation on the Death Penalty Information Center Web site at
http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/). Today, an ongoing debate surrounds evidence that a disproportionate number of minorities exist among criminals convicted of capital murder, resulting in a high ratio of minorities on death row.

* In your opinion, are minorities overrepresented on death row? Explain your rationale.
* Cite arguments and statistics that support your opinion.

On a separate sheet explain the opinion that differs from your own and argue your perspective explaining why your opinion is valid. Support your argument with case examples or statistics.

Thank You.

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