RUNNING HEAD: Death Penalty1Persuasive Speech: Against Death Penalty Introduction:Title: Should the Death Penalty be abolished?
Death Penalty 2Attention Getter:According to a study on capital punishment in the United States by David Margoli for the New York Times asserts that in this century 343 people were wrongly convicted of offenses punishable by death and that 25 were actually executed. Specific Purpose: The specific purpose of this speech is to persuade you as to why the death penalty should be abolished.Central Thesis: I will explain the two problems, go over the effects on society, and finally offer up a solution to replace Death Penalty Policy. Main Point I:In my 1st main point I will state that the two main issues associatedwith the death penalty are cost effectiveness and morality.Main Point II: In my 2nd main point I will explain how these issues aredetrimental to society.Main Point III: Inmy 3rd and final point I will give a feasible solution. Credibility/expertise:I went into this speech in favor of the death penalty.After doing tons of research on capital punishment and carefully considering both sides of the argument, I am convinced that the death penalty is an ineffective solution to dealing with capital crimes.Transitional Sentence: Now, in my first point, I will define the two issues surrounding the Death Penalty. Body:Main Point I: Theses two main issues are cost effectiveness and morality.Sub-point A: Cost-wise, many people assume the state saves money byemploying the death penalty, since an executed person no longer requires
Death Penalty 3confinement, health care, and related expenses, but in the modernapplication of capital punishment, that assumption has been proven wrong.Sub-point B:The Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) states thatthe death penalty is far more expensive than a system utilizinglife-without-parole sentences as an alternative punishment. Some of thereasons for the high cost of the death penalty are the longer trials andappeals required because a person’s life is on the line, as well as the needfor more lawyers and experts on both sides of the case, and the relativerarity of executions.Sub-point C: Barry Nakell, from the Office of Justice Programs, wrotethat in contrast to noncapital cases, all capital cases require jury trials.These trials are longer, more complex, and more expensive than trials inother cases, including other murder cases. Also, most death rows involvesolitary confinement in a special facility which requires more security andother accommodations as the prisoners are kept for 23 hours a day in theircells.