The United States continues to use the death penalty even though many Western de

The United States continues to use the death penalty even though many Western de

The United States continues to use the death penalty even though many Western democracies and a growing number of states have banned executions. Public support for the death penalty among Americans is waning. The finality of death leaves no room for error. Convictions must be based on reliable physical evidence that leaves no doubt who should be held accountable for the death of an innocent person. In many criminal cases, eyewitness testimony and confessions are no longer viewed as reliable. Whether you are a death penalty proponent or opponent, we can all agree no innocent person should be put to death as a result of a wrongful conviction.
Upon successful completion of the course material, you will be able to:
Describe the impact of wrongful convictions for those sentenced to die on death row.
Resources
Textbook: Criminal Justice Policy: Origins and Effectiveness
Website: Innocence Project
Website: Death Penalty Information Center
Video “Lessons from death row inmates”
Instructions
Read Chapter 9 of Criminal Justice Policy: Origins and Effectiveness.
Review the Innocence Project website.
Review the Death Penalty Information Center website.
Watch the video “Lessons from death row inmates” by David Dow.
In a two to three page paper (not including the title page or reference page), address the following:
Title Page: Include a properly formatted APA title page with an original and meaningful title, your name, the course, and the submission date.
Impact: Describe the impact of wrongful convictions for those sentenced to die on death row.
Real World Examples: Explain the reasons for wrongful convictions. To support your thinking, cite at least two (2) specific examples where someone on death row was exonerated. Cite your sources.
Policy Adjustments: Conduct some independent research to understand some penalty policy changes ideas that are being advocated that could reduce the number of wrongful convictions in the future. Cite at least two (2) credible sources.
References
The paper must follow APA Style requirements.
When you have completed your assignment, save a copy for yourself and submit a copy to your instructor by the end of the workshop

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