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1Entering Public Argument – Middle DraftCamille GeorgesDepartment: Writing StudiesWRIT 105-21: College Writing IDr. Nicole James (Dr. Jay)November 13, 20222Writer’s LetterDear Dr. James,Module three is a public argument essay about the use of the death penalty and why it should be illegal. The main purpose of this essay was to go into depth about what the death penalty is used for exactly, the methods that are used, and how it can cause distress and damage to people’s lives. Some of the things I was most concerned about in this essay were trying to keep within the APA format standards and making sure that my essay wasn’t mostly filler sentences and was easy to read. Another problem I had was punctuation because sometimes I getconfused about where commas should go and where quotation marks are supposed to go. I have so far revised my essay once on my own. During my revision, I was able to find better ways to word sentences and better information to use to make the essay flow better as well. An example of my revision will be shown below. Before: Something that isn’t talked about enough is the science & logic behind the death penalty. In simple terms, the death penalty is something used by states and countries as a way of punishment by executing an individual for a specific crime. Now, imagine being accused of a crime you didn’t commit. Although there is very little evidence to fully prove it was you, you aresentenced to death by electrocution. A couple of years later, with some deeper research and investigation, it was found that you were indeed innocent but there was nothing that could be done to reverse the decision that was made. You were essentially killed on the behalf of someoneelse doing and crime. This has happened to many people which proves how ineffective the death3penalty can be. Despite arguments, the death penalty should be illegal because it is ethically and morally questionable, and it is a decision that cannot be reversed if found not guilty. After: Something that isn’t talked about enough is the science & logic behind the death penalty. The death penalty is used by many states and countries as a way of punishment by executing an individual for a specific crime. Now imagine someone accusing you of a crime you didn’t commit. Although there is very scant evidence to fully prove it was you, you are sentenced to death by electrocution. A couple of years later, with some deeper research and investigation, it was found that you were innocent. You were killed on behalf of someone else who committed a crime. This has happened to many people which, over the years, has proven how ineffective the death penalty can be. Despite certain arguments, the death penalty should be illegal because it is ethically and morally questionable and is an irreversible decision.4Something that isn’t talked about enough is the science & logic behind the death penalty. The death penalty is used by many states and countries as a way of punishment by executing an individual for a specific crime. Now imagine someone accusing you of a crime you didn’t commit. Although there is very scant evidence to fully prove it was you, you are sentenced to death by electrocution. A couple of years later, with some deeper research and investigation, it was found that you were innocent. You were killed on behalf of someone else who committed a crime. This has happened to many people which, over the years, has proven how ineffective the death penalty can be. Despite certain arguments, the death penalty should be illegal because it is ethically and morally questionable and is an irreversible decision. To many, the death penalty could be seen as morally and ethically wrong or incorrect. Some crimes that are punished by death are murder, drug trafficking, witchcraft, and adultery. The crimes that are essentially associated with the death penalty, such as murder, most certainly deserve an aggressive punishment. Nonetheless, if it is seen by society that murder is the most heinous crime, then killing another person will not do any good nor will it bring them back. The death penalty is morally wrong because it goes against human rights. According to Amnesty International, “The death penalty breaches human rights, in particular the right to life and the right to live free from torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment” (Amnesty International, 2022). The death penalty is also very cruel in the ways that it can be conducted. Over the years, the most known methods have been lethal injection and execution which are bothpainful and again, are ethically and morally wrong. Furthermore, The death penalty sentences that are given are commonly filled with racial discrimination and are too often wrongfully executed. Most of the people on death row tend to beblack or a person of color. According to AFSC, “In a 2020 report, the Death Penalty Information5Center noted that there were 56 people on federal death row at the time. Twenty-six—or nearly 50%—were Black (although Black people make up only about 13% of the U.S. population) …The report also found that some of these individuals were convicted by all-white juries” (It’s Time to Repeal the Death Penalty | American Friends Service Committee, 2020). This plays into one of the reasons why so many people are wrongfully convicted. Because of racial bias or a corrupted system, many fall victim to this such as Carlos DeLuna who was wrongfully convictedof stabbing a gas station worker to death with almost no evidence except a faulty witness description. In addition, the death penalty should be illegal because it has been shown to not substantially deter crime. “Countries who execute commonly cite the death penalty as a way to deter people from committing crime. This claim has been repeatedly discredited, and there is no evidence that the death penalty is any more effective in reducing crime than life imprisonment” (Amnesty International, 2022). Something to think about is that not every crime is premeditated and not every person has the same reason why they committed this crime. Some people may commit crimes out of self-defense or out of the heat of the moment and will not think about their actions or the consequences of them, which is why the death penalty will not work as a deterrent and is essentially useless in that sense. It has also been shown that “Stats from the Death PenaltyInformation Center indicate that in the


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