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What are your assumptions about capital punishment, and how do they compare to the facts? Do some web research regarding capital punishment: You will choose 2 of 4 issues to research & report your findings (mostly in your own words, although you can use quotes or lists of data as needed). Try to find web sources that are as factual & unbiased as possible.

A. the cost of capital punishment compared to life in prison

B. the history of how many innocent people have been put to death

C. the deterrent effect of capital punishment

D. racial bias in the death penalty

Again, you will choose two of these 4 issues to research. Here is the exact structure for your paper:

Logic Term Paper Instructions: Overview & Format Title: Capital Punishment: Assumptions vs. Facts. Be sure to put your name, student ID, date, and the word count at the top as well. No title page; just put these at the top of your first page, single spaced. Topic: In this 6 paragraph essay, you will explore assumptions vs facts regarding two chosen issues (from a list of four below) regarding capital punishment, based on some careful web research, and you will use what you have learned about logic to analyze the results. This essay is NOT about whether you are in favor of or opposed to the death penalty. See below for detailed, paragraph by paragraph instructions. Sources: At least two factual, unbiased, detailed internet sources for each of the two issues (so 2 x 2 = 4 sources total). Don’t use the same 2 sources for both issues. Take great pains to make sure that you are not just looking for things that prove that you are right. If you look hard enough, you can always find someone who agrees with you; however, the point is not that but rather to find out what the preponderance of the best research says on the subject. Your sources should be reasonably current. Be sure to use quotation marks when taking more than 3 words in a row from the text or any source, even for definitions. Work on putting things in your own words to demonstrate your understanding of the material, using no more than about 10% quotations for the paper. Your logic textbook should also be a listed source that you make clear and carefully-chosen use of in your final paragraph. Length: Approximately 1000-1200 words, not including quotes or the list of sources. Think of your word count as your budget; it's good to make the most of it, but not to go over by much. Stay within 10% of the maximum. If you paste in charts or other numerical data, this would not be included in the word count. No more than 10% quotations. If your paper is well below the minimum word count, that’s an indication that you haven’t gone into enough detail to do well. Don’t short-change the final paragraph, because that’s where you tie everything in to what you’ve learned about logic. The last paragraph should be 300+ words of substance. Format: Single spaced, 12 pt Arial font, 1" margins all around, no extra space between paragraphs, no separate title page. At the top, list the title of the paper (which has been given to you), your name, student ID, date, and the word count. Style: APA or MLA style are not needed. You should use the 1st person (I, me), in your first two paragraphs at least, since you are asked to talk about your assumptions. Citations: When you are paraphrasing or quoting a source, in parentheses, simply note which source it is. For example, if your sentence or paragraph has been discussing information taken from The Innocence Project website, at the end of that passage of your paper, put it in parentheses like this (Innocence Project). URLs are not used in citations; if the webpage doesn’t have a name, give it one. The URL will go in your reference list, instead. References list: At the bottom of your paper, write the word References, and then list the exact URL for all of your sources. This should not be a homepage such as www.innocenceproject.org, but rather the exact URLs within the sites that you used. When I click on your links, I should be taken straight to your source data without any further searching. The references page does not need to be fancy; it does not have to follow APA or MLA style, although it could if you prefer. Logic Term Paper: Detailed paragraph-by-paragraph writing instructions What are your assumptions about capital punishment, and how do they compare to the facts? Do some web research regarding capital punishment: You will choose 2 of 4 issues to research & report your findings (mostly in your own words, although you can use quotes or lists of data as needed). Try to find web sources that are as factual & unbiased as possible. A. B. C. D. the cost of capital punishment compared to life in prison the history of how many innocent people have been put to death the deterrent effect of capital punishment racial bias in the death penalty Again, you will choose two of these 4 issues to research. Here is the exact structure for your paper: 1st paragraph: In about 4-6 sentences, briefly explain your initial assumptions about the first issue you have chosen (of the four listed), and the reasoning behind your assumptions. Simply be honest in your statement of your initial assumptions; you are not being graded on how accurate your assumptions were. However, I will expect to see some thoughtful reasoning to explain your assumptions. Place your assumptions within the context of typical American assumptions about the issue; you can do a little quick research to check that, if needed. 2nd paragraph: In about 4-6 sentences, briefly explain your initial assumptions about the second issue you have chosen (of the four listed), and the reasoning behind your assumptions. Place your assumptions within the context of typical American assumptions about the issue; you can do a little quick research to check that, if needed. 3rd paragraph: In a longer paragraph, explain the facts you have discovered in your research regarding the first issue you have chosen (the same issue you discussed in the first paragraph). Just the facts—at this point, I don’t want to hear any reactions or comparisons to your initial assumptions. Work on putting things in your own words to demonstrate your understanding of the material. Use no more than about 10% quotes in the entire essay. Be sure to use quotation marks when taking more than 3 words in a row from the text or any source (unless it’s the name of something, such as The United States Supreme Court). 4th paragraph: In another longer paragraph, explain the facts you have discovered in your research regarding the second issue you have chosen (the same issue you discussed in the second paragraph). Again, work on putting things in your own words. 5th paragraph: Give your reaction to your research and compare the facts to your initial assumptions. Discuss any surprises and the reason why any facts turned out to be different than what you expected. 6th paragraph: Apply what you have learned about logical reasoning during the course to this exercise, and to social, moral and legal issues in our society. This should include both the exploration of your assumptions and your research. Make use of specific concepts from the text; that might include discussion of specific fallacies, reasoning methods, logical errors, etc. There’s more than 1 valid way to demonstrate your understanding and application of concepts from the text. Going into more detail on one or two specific concepts may be more helpful than a lot of overly broad statements that are easy to make without cracking the book. The end of this paragraph will wrap up your findings with a strong closing sentence. List of references: See instructions for references on page 1. References can be a separate page within the same document, or can just be at the bottom of the last page. Stay focused on the purpose of the essay. This essay is NOT about whether you are in favor of or opposed to the death penalty, and it is NOT about your reading of the text. The essay is about comparing your assumptions to carefully researched facts, and drawing some general conclusions about the importance of checking the facts as well as applying relevant concepts from the text to explain the specific relevance of logic to social, moral and legal issues. You can earn an A on this essay without ever stating whether you are in favor of, or opposed to, capital punishment, and without ever mentioning the text. You can do poorly on this essay by turning it into a pro or con opinion paper. Your essay should have exactly 6 paragraph, exactly as described above; no more, and no less. Don’t change the order of the paragraphs.

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Running head: CAPITAL PUNISHMENT: ASSUMPTIONS VS. FACTS

Capital Punishment: Assumptions vs. Facts
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CAPITAL PUNISHMENT: ASSUMPTIONS VS. FACTS

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Capital Punishment: Assumptions vs. Facts
Proponents of the use of the death penalty including me have always used the cost of the
executions as justification for our support as a punitive measure in the criminal justice system.
The assumption is that it is cheaper to execute a murderer than to keep him or her in prison with
the associated cost of feeding and care for the rest of his or her natural life. Although the critics
of the use of the capital punishment consider our perspective as untenable by citing the cheaper
cost of incarceration for the rest of the natural life of the offender as the basis of their
assumption, we considered our arguments as superior. Also, the use of the cost legal defense as
evidence for the support of their assumption was regarded as inferior to our perspective on the
economic benefits of the putting capital offenders to death after their sentencing and completion
of the judicial processes.
The deterrent effect of capital punishment on prospective criminals is another assumption
that me and other proponents use to justify our position on the death penalty despite failing to
subject it to any form of review with the facts. Also, our assumption is that the death penalty is
applied for first-degree murder and acts of treason against the United States, which are offenses
that are worth the punishment. Therefore, it is accurate to infer that my conclusion on its
continued use by the thirty-two state governments and the federal government would result in the
reduction of the rate...

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Anonymous
Tutor went the extra mile to help me with this essay. Citations were a bit shaky but I appreciated how well he handled APA styles and how ok he was to change them even though I didnt specify. Got a B+ which is believable and acceptable.

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