Research Argument Topic: Capital Punishment
By Rochelle Bergantinos
Narrowed Topic: The abolishment of capital punishment/ death penalty
Is it the right form of punishment, and is it even effective?
Position on the Topic:
The death penalty is an inhumane form of punishment that should be abolished in all countries.
Type of Argument:
I am using the toulin model, because capital punishment needs to be broken down and analyzed into several parts that support my claim. Capital punishment is a controversial, and needs to be broken down to be further analyzed.
Type of Claim:
This is a claim of policy, because I am arguing that the death penalty should not be an option of punishment; the policy should not exist.
1) Capital punishment is a denial of human rights (right to live equally as anyone else) 2) It allows a cycle of violence to continue on; "if you kill someone the state kills you." 3)If a defendent is punished by death, society is judging the defendent based on the idea that this will prevent further crimes in the future. Death penalty is based on an uncertain prediction of future behavior.
1) Supporters believe that capital punishment keeps potential criminals from doing any harm knowing the consequence, and it is a form of justice. I would argue that the justice system is believed to provide relief for victims, not vengeance. 2) Supports believe that the world is a better plave without a murderer/ killer/psychopath, but doesn't a system that kills an individual for the 'greater good' show how 'just' and 'righteous' society really is?
1) connecting the research and statistics to the thesis. 2) Addressing counterarguments correctly, because supporters feel so strongly toward the policy of capital punishment. It may be difficult considering the views many have among criminals.
Questions or concerns?