A good thesis statement for a persuasive essay for the death penalty?

Hello Yahoo Users, I need a good strong thesis statement for a report that I am doing on for the death penalty. For some reason I am having writer's block and I cannot seem to get around to this. In a way I am all for it but but in another way I am not, especially when it comes to our innocent men being executed.So I need someone to help me come up with a good thesis statement. 10 points is on me! Thanks

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4 Responses to “A good thesis statement for a persuasive essay for the death penalty?”

  1. justifying says:

    HiI’m opposed to the death penalty for many reasons.Inflicting the death penalty on someone makes sure they wont commit further crimes but it’s an incapacitative not a deterrent effect of execution.For example…If a crime is premeditated a criminal would normally concentrate on escaping detection,arrest and conviction so any threat of the death penalty wouldn’t deter someone who expects to escape.If not premeditated how can the threat of losing their own life deter them?Many pro death penalty enthusiasts say that wrongful executions are a necessary price to pay and it must be expected to sometimes get it wrong.If the death penalty was still in practise in the UK there would be no Guildford 4, Birmingham 6 or Stephan Kiszko.They are all somebodies children…would you sacrifice yours as an unfortunate error?should Derek Bentley’s family be grateful that he’s been granted a post humus pardon?Capital punishment is irrevocable and deprives the individual of any chance that new evidence(many instances since D.N.A)may exonerate them.Over zealous prosecution,mistaken or perjured testimony,faulty police work,coerced confessions and inept de fence are all factors that cannot guarantee that justice will prevail.My opposition to the death penalty doesn’t arise from misplaced sympathy for convicted murderers, i also think that ‘life’ should mean ‘life’.The mandatory life sentence in the UK is a joke with convicted murderers being released after a relatively short period.I don’t think it’s a soft option knowing you’ll never be released.I’m not at all religious but many who are pro death penalty quote an ‘eye for an eye’ and forget about ‘thou shalt not kill.A moral argument could be if it’s wrong for an individual to kill it’s wrong for a government/state to commit legalised murder.In an earlier question the asker said that people sentenced to life imprisonment should have the choice to be put to death instead of an eternity behind barsMy answerWhy should anyone committed of an abhorrent crime be given the option of choice?The death penalty may in most cases be ‘more humane’ but my consideration would always be with the people sentenced to death who are innocent than the guilty ones who could be given a choice.There are cases of people who have been proved innocent after many years(20+) through the advancement of D.N.A. etc that if given the choice might have opted to be put to death as they saw no hope.Regardless of the number of guilty parties my concern lays with the innocent.Most people will never come across the situation in which their child,spouse or friend is given the death penalty when they know them to be innocent and if the death penalty advocates ever found themselves in this situation i wonder if their staunchness(which usually…because it has to…includes ‘some innocents have to die ‘)would prevail?if they would only consider this one issue in depth i think they’d be a more balanced argument.You never think it would happen to you or yours and i happen to think that the ‘some have to die’ argument is rather flippant if you’ve never considered it might happen to perhaps a son or daughter, or hardhearted and incomprehensible if you have.I’d go as far as to challenge anyone who has had a ‘proved innocent after being put to death’ relative,spouse etc who has been put to death by whatever means(obviously differs fron country,state etc)to still advocate the death penalty.People get on their high horses because it has never affected them and i quite understand that but if they’d stop and think that the implications may affect them someday(nobody ever foresees it)…..if such a person exists i’d actually like to hear their view as i’m not a person with closed opinions and never mind being proved wrong but value insight and would consider my stance accordingly.it’s very thought provoking and the answer i give is not based on statistics and links to statistics which are very easy to find if you follow a certain viewpoint.most of my answers on ‘yahoo answers’ are on vintage fashion and i do provide links as they are needed for sites required but in the case of the death penalty i don’t require or need any statistics because my beliefs have nothing to do with costs,victims family satisfaction(as they would presume guilty and judgement is clouded with emotion) or reoffending.It’s my own personal opinion and as you’re unsure of your own stance i’d advise you to gather as much information as you can and then put your own perspective for your thesis.It would be more valued than spouting statistics.

  2. thermotaxis says:

    You could do the cost of keeping killers alive, It cost the government 250,000 a year per person that is on death row. and try to tie it into the econimc down turn.

  3. wahhabi says:

    I’m against the death penalty not because of sympathy for criminals but because it isn’t effective in reducing crime, 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. In 2004, the state of Texas executed Cameron Todd Willingham for starting the fire that killed his children. The Texas Forensic Science Commission found that the arson testimony that led to his conviction was based on flawed science. As of today, 138 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 the death penalty 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 the death penaltyCosts, a surprise to many people:Study after study has found that the death penalty is much more expensive than life in prison. The high costs of the death penalty are for the complicated legal process, with the largest costs at the pre-trial and trial stages. The point is to avoid executing innocent people. The tremendous expenses in a death penalty case apply whether or not the defendant is convicted, let alone sentenced to death. Crime reduction (deterrence):The death penalty 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 who lack a conscience, fear of being caught is the best deterrent.Who gets it:Contrary to popular belief, the death penalty 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 the death penalty imposed. It isn’t necessarily so. Some are against it on moral grounds. But even families who have supported the death penalty in principle have testified to the protracted and unavoidable damage that the death penalty process does to families like theirs and that life without parole is an appropriate alternative.It comes down to whether we should keep a system for the sake of retribution or revenge even though it isn’t effective in reducing violent crime, costs much more than alternatives and, worst of all, can lead to the nightmare of executing someone for a crime he didn’t commit.

  4. misappreciate says:

    If you are writing a thesis, it is better for you to concentrate and put “your” thoughts on paper rather than someone else. Learning is about doing things for yourself. There is plenty of information on Google and that is where you can do your research.