Proposal & Annotated Bibliography Assignment: Capital Punishment

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Proposal & Annotated Bibliography Assignment: Capital Punishment

Proposal & Annotated Bibliography Assignment: Capital Punishment

By: Richard Dilay


I am proposing writing a research paper on the contemporary issue of capital punishment. While, capital punishment has been outlawed in Canada, it still remains a viable option in most parts of the World, including some areas of the United States. With the recent push by the Stephen Harper government, with their crime agenda initiatives, I feel it is an important area to explore, given that there has been a push to hold criminals for accountable for their actions through tougher sentences and punitive measures.

Additionally, capital punishment has always been a
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I will also explore the morality of such a decision as it has a lasting effect on not only the offender but the victim, the families of both individuals as well as society. I would like to devote a portion of the paper to explore whether the death penalty truly acts as a deterrent for the most violent criminals and their crimes. Finally, I would like to explore the logic that capital punishment is any more humane than the murder of a victim at the hands of a criminal. Some have argued that, there is no such thing as a humane capital punishment, and I would like to explore the different forms of capital punishment available and utilized presently.

Introduction & Tentative Thesis

Since the dawn of society, man has had a unique relationship with crime, punishment and the law. For many centuries, man has resorted to using the death penalty, more commonly referred to as capital punishment for holding those seen as contravening laws accountable for their actions. There is still support for capital punishment initiatives in the World, as it is seen to act as a powerful deterrent for would be violent and dangerous criminals, while also holding those who commit the most criminal acts accountable for their actions. However, recent statistics have shown that capital punishment is no more effective than other rehabilitative efforts and is an especially costly and resource intensive response that has the possibility of ensnaring innocent

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