The use of capital punishment has long been a contentious issue in America. While there seems to be little evidence that the death penalty acts as a deterrent, proponents argue that deterrence is not the only function of punishment. Proponents believe that certain crimes simply deserve the harshest punishment, regardless of its potential for deterrence.
Prepare a PowerPoint presentation of 8-10 slides that addresses the following points about capital punishment. Your slides should be clear and concise, with supporting elaboration in the “notes” area.
- What does it typically cost to execute someone? Why does it take so long and cost so much?
- Based on recent statistical data and findings, how often are innocent people given the death sentence and/or executed? How is it determined that a condemned convict was actually innocent?
- Should everyone be a candidate for capital punishment or should some people be exempt based on their position in society? Are there any other factors that should be considered in exempting people from or applying the death penalty?
Analyze recent Supreme Court cases regarding capital punishment (from 2000 to present) and offer a reasoned prediction regarding the future use of capital punishment in the United States.
Make certain that you support your analysis with proper reasoning.