Death Penalty Argument Analysis

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Thesis: For many significant reasons—especially economic concerns toward the considerable amount of money spent conducting and funding a possibly fatal case—every state should enforce life without parole instead of the death penalty. Chammah, Maurice. "Six Reasons the Death Penalty Is Becoming
More Expensive." The Marshall Project. N.p., 17 Dec. 2014. Web. 24 Apr. 2016. .
In this article, Maurice Chammah examines the upturn in the cost of the death penalty and the reasons behind the change. Similar to the New York Times article, it starts out by highlighting the general reasons why the death penalty costs more than life in prison: the multiple attorneys, trials, and appeals process. A startling fact also strengthens the article—from 1989 to 2004, the cost of a death penalty case raised $890,071. The body of the paper focuses on each aspect of what causes the raise in price: attorney pay, experts, unpredictability, mitigation, juries, and housing. Attorney pay and experts are relatively similar topics;
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It does seem biased toward the opposition of the death penalty in some places, but he explains both the pros and cons throughout the article. Similar to other sources, it explains the negatives of the cost of the death penalty and clearly achieves its goal of persuading the reader.
By using cold hard facts and statistics, this article reinforced my beliefs of the high cost of the death penalty. I found it surprising that taxpayers often pay millions of dollars to fund death penalty cases that don’t end in death—that seems ridiculous to me. I am definitely better off with this article than without it; it uses plenty of facts that can support my argument. This source would be effective in a paper explaining the history of the death penalty argument and also the cost of the punishment.
"High Cost of Death Row." The New York Times. The New

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