Persuasive Speech Outline Essay

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Persuasive Speech Strategy
Specific Purpose: To persuade the audience that Capital Punishment does not deter crime and that it should be abolished.
Central Idea: Homicide rates are lower in non-death penalty states when compared to states with the death penalty.
Main Points: I. The death penalty has no deterrent effect. II. The costs of administrating capital punishment are prohibitive. III. States with the death penalty have higher murder rates than those without it.

Question of Policy: Should the Death Penalty be abolished?
Attention Getter: Attention Getter: Is it moral? Is it an efficient deterrent to crime? Is it allowable under the U.S constitution? These are questions one should ask when
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1. These costs create clear public policy choices.
B. If the state is going to spend $5 million on law enforcement over the next few decades, what is the best use of that money?
1. It is to buy two or three executions or, for example, to fund additional police detectives, prosecutors, and judges to arrest and incarcerate criminals who escape punishment because of insufficient law-enforcement resources?
2. Florida, for example, spent between $25 million and $50 million more per year on capital cases than it would have to if all murderers received life without parole.
3. The Indiana Legislative Services Agency estimated that had the state sentenced its death row populations to life without parole, Indiana taxpayers would have been spared approximately $37.1 million.
a. The burden of these costs is borne by local governments, often diverting precious resources not only from police, but from health care, infrastructure, and education, or forcing counties to borrow money or raise taxes.
b. In the New York paradigm, before the New York State Court of Appeals invalidated the state's death penalty in 2004 in People v. LaValle, death sentences were rare, and there were no executions. As usual, things cost more in New York: Between 1995 and 2004, taxpayers spent about $200 million on the death

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