Strayer University Death Penalty discussion

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The assignment is divided into two (2) parts.
In Part I of the assignment (due Week 2), you will first read a book excerpt about critical thinking processes: "The Believing Game and How to Make Conflicting Opinions More Fruitful" at Next, you will review the Website in order to gather information. Then, you will engage in prewriting to examine your thoughts.
Note: In Part II of the assignment (due Week 4), you will write an essay geared towards synthesizing your ideas.

Part I - Prewriting: Follow the instructions below for this prewriting activity. Use complete sentences and adhere to standard rules of English grammar, punctuation, mechanics, and spelling.
1. Select one (1) of the approved topics from the Website and state your position on the issue.
2. From the Website, identify three (3) premises (reasons) listed under either the Pro or Con section - whichever section opposes your position.
3.For each of the three (3) premises (reasons) that oppose your position on the issue, answer these "believing" questions suggested by Elbow:

  1. What's interesting or helpful about this view?
  2. What would I notice if I believed this view?
  3. In what sense or under what conditions might this idea be true?"

The paper should follow guidelines for clear and organized writing:

  • Include an introductory paragraph and concluding paragraph.
  • Address main ideas in body paragraphs with a topic sentence and supporting sentences.
  • Adhere to standard rules of English grammar, punctuation, mechanics, and spelling.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • This course requires use of Strayer Writing Standards (SWS). The format is different than other Strayer University courses. Please take a moment to review the SWS documentation for details.
  • This prewriting assignment has no page requirement. There is no requirement at this time to include references in the assignment.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Identify the informal fallacies, assumptions, and biases involved in manipulative appeals and abuses of language.
  • Create written work utilizing the concepts of critical thinking.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in critical thinking skills and informal logic.

Tutor Answer

School: Purdue University




Death Penalty
Institutional Affiliation



The notion which focuses on the mantra, "an eye for an eye" will highly focus on
revenge more so than justice which should be one of the main priorities in the criminal justice
system. The mantra further led the development of the death penalty which would serve the
purpose of taking the life of the individual who took another person's life. This type of
punishment should be abolished since it is irreversible. My stand in the matter will focus on
the judgments which will be given to individuals for crimes that they have not committed.
Such was seen in the case of Cameron Todd Willingham who was executed for allegedly
killing his daughters in a fire. Pieces of evidence, later on, resurfaced which showed that the
individual had not set fire to his home that led to the death of three daughters. However, it
had already been too late since Cameron had already been executed. The death penalty ought
to be abolished since it does not deter criminals from committing more crime and it should be
regarded as an inhumane way to kill a human being regardless of the crimes he or she has
committed. Furthermore, the death penalty should not be allowed since the death of the
offender will be regarded as a public spectacle which shows how inhumane, cruel and
degrading this punishment is.
There are various premises which oppose my stand on the matter as provided under
the One assumption which has been highlighted and advocates for the death
penalty will focus on a statement which was made by the Sacramento Country District
Attorney, Anne Marie Schubert in one of the published articles, "California's Broken Death
Penalty System Can Be Fixed." As presented in the article, Anne views the death penalty as
justice which will be granted to the families of the victims. She further provides information
that repealing the punishment will affect the healing phase of these individuals who will have
wounds which will be as a result of the offender's actions. Hence, abolishing the punishment
will keep the wounds open, and no justice will be served to families of the victims.



As provided in the article, the district attorney further went ahead to state that life
imprisonment will haunt the victim's family since an inmate who will be given that specific
punishment may decide to appeal to the governor to have his sentence reduced or may apply
for clemency. This will further lead the offender to be released from prison to join the
society. In her last parting words, she implied that the death penalty would help deter crime,
and this aspect will be...

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