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    Death Penalty - The Pros and Cons

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    Look at the website www.procon.org, and choose a social issue which is debated there. In the first paragraph summarize the arguments for the issue you have selected. In the second paragraph, summarize the arguments against the issue you have chosen. Then evaluate the evidence presented, using the critical thinking strategies.
    Describe the process you used to come to a conclusion, and then indicate which argument you find most convincing and why.

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    Dear Student,
    Hi and thank you for using Brainmass. The solution below should get you started. In this particular task, you are asking for help in putting together a discussion that tackles different sides of an argument. For this, I have chosen to discuss the pros and cons of capital punishment. I suggest using this simple outline:
    1. The issue and its relevance - 100 words
    2. Pros - 100 words
    3. Cons - 100 words
    4. Evidence Analysis and position - 100 words
    5. Conclusion - 100 words

    This outline should yield 500 words which should cover what you need. Just let me know via the feedback section if you need further clarification. You can also use the listed resources to further explore the topic. All the best with your studies.

    AE 105878/Xenia Jones

    Capital Punishment Issue: Pros & Cons

    The Issue - "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"

    According to Procon.org (2015), "1,188 people were executed in the US from 1977 through 2009, primarily by means of lethal injection. Most death penalty cases involve the execution of murderers although capital punishment can also be applied for treason, espionage, and other crimes." Essentially, the issue which had always been divisive, is all about the rightness and wrongness of death as a form of punishment, the capital punishment for crimes or certain federal offenses including murder, kidnapping resulting in death, heinous crimes, treason and large-scale drug enterprise. Capital punishment is legal in 31 states in the US including Texas, Oklahoma, Florida, Missouri, Ohio, Virginia and Arizona. The application of capital punishment is limited by the 8th Amendment to the US Constitution where it is only applicable to mentally competent adults; offenders who are deemed mentally incompetent are not subjected to capital punishment.

    In general, the arguments fall under 3 headings - moral, utilitarian and practical. For proponents of death penalty, the most common moral argument is that those who have taken the life of another have forfeited their own (Britannica, 2015). Additionally, the moral position ...

    Solution Summary

    The solution provides information, assistance and advise in tackling the task (see above) on the topic of analysing an issue (in this case, death penalty was chosen). Pros and cons are presented. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.