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(the death penalty serve as a deterrent to crime?) research paper on death penalty

can you please help out with this paper on "The Death Penalty". Need to write two to three pages.. Need to address the following questions: a. Does teh death penalty serve as a deterrent to crime? If so why are crime rates in the United States comparatively high? What are some other countries' responses to the death penalty?
b. What is you position on the death penalty-should it be legal or should it be abolished? Why?
c. Should youths who have been convicted of violent crimes be subject to the death penalty? why not?

well hi deana. i believe if you go to your search engine especially google and ask it for the death penalty, you will find many information. i recently studied it. i hope i have helped you. wish you luck with your essay.
have a look at this essay Deana..u will get a rough idea.Moreover do research about death penalties in Saudi arabia n other middle east countries where there are strict rules for such thing...n also look about nations which dont support death penalty...u will get ample material on google..see these links too

question- Some people believe that there should be fixed punishments for each type of crime.Other, however,argue that the circumstances of an individual crime, and the motivation for committing it, should always be taken into account when deciding on the punishment

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.


Crime is always punishable. Retribution is the measure to counter criminals in a society. Countries across the world use different measures to deal with crimes-some have stringent fixed laws while some believe in giving a second chance for improving.

Fixed stringent punishments versus flexible correcting measures have been a controversial issue. A fixed punishment gives a message to all other prospective criminal minds what they should expect from the courts. Effectively , this prevents the criminals from committing crimes.

For instance, cold blooded murderers are given capital punishments or life imprisonment in many countries, which is justified because they are a threat to the society.
However, many times, a circumstances marred person is forced to commit a crime. In life, sometimes, certain unavoidable situations come up, which force a person to commit a crime. There are many convicts imprisoned, without their circumstances and motivating factors being considered.

The main objective of any judicial system is to safeguard the human rights. If an innocent person commits a crime by mistake, and is given a severe punishment, it will solely defeat the objective of the judicial system. It will incite hatred in that individual against the society. Such victims of circumstances should be given a proper counselling to improve and rehabilitate.

For instance, killing someone in self defense is not a crime. When an individual's life is threatened, it is obvious he/she will try to protect himself/herself. Such so called criminals, should be dealt softly at the hands of law.

Everyone deserves a second chance. Fixed punishments do restrain anti-social elements from committing crimes. However, a little degree of flexibility is essentially needed. Fixed punishments are only justified for history sheeters and hardcore criminals.

I strongly believe that the judicial systems should take into account the inciting factors of an individual who committed a crime. Redressal and retribution is a better approach as compared to fixed stringent punishments, which don't consider circumstantial factors.
These questions ask for your opinion. The only one that is not an opinion question is the first one. Do you have a class reading that you are supposed to read in order to answer this?

I think you should look at an article by Steiker called "No, capital punishment is not morally required.

Also, google this: Sunstein and Vermeule.

Also, Google this: What did Kant say about the death penalty?

I don't want to give my opinion, because you have to form your own. Go read about it, and if an article has some sections you don't understand, ask us about them.

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