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Persuasive Speech Outline on Death Penalty

If you are looking for a persuasive and controversial topic for your speech, the death penalty is the exact one you need. However, do not consider it to be an easy task, as you need to do a great research as to what would persuade an audience to agree with you and to take action. Let’s look at the persuasive speech outline, specially developed on the death penalty subject , which will definitely steer you in the right direction for delivering the greatest speech.

1. First, create an exciting title to make your speech compelling to your listeners.

2. Your introduction should include strong and purposeful thesis statement that would gain audience attention and orient them to the topic. For example, you can say that capital punishment is used for protecting the safety of the citizens, deterring crime and bringing criminals to justice. Though the purposes are convincing, none of them can justify the killing of a human being.

3. In the body part present the most evident points about the death penalty , which prove your statement. Supporting arguments for you can be:

  • Death penalty does not deter the crime rates more than Life without Parole and it’s more expensive.
  • Capital punishment can’t undo the damage done.
  • There’s always a risk of executing innocent people .
  • Police admit that death penalty does not reduce the incidence of violent crimes, etc.

4. Briefly summarize the strongest points in your conclusion. Emphasize that the justice system will be more just and equal, if the death penalty is removed.

5. Choose the bright quote that would finish you speech more persuasively. Mine is Dr. Rush’s, a friend of Benjamin Franklin: “ The punishment of murder by death is contrary to reason, and to the order and happiness of society, and contrary to divine revelation.”

Follow this working outlet and you will surely prove all your ideas with a feeling of complete self-confidence, and deliver a speech, which will have certainly the greatest success.

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Persuasive Speech Outline Abolishing the Death Penalty Introduction: Attention Getter: On September 24th, 1983, 11 year old Sabrina Buie was brutally raped, strangled to death, and left in a soybean field in rural North Carolina by two young men. One of those men was Leon Brown, a 16 year old African American, who was sentenced to death for the murder of this little girl. Brown’s brother, 19 at the time, with his mother crying outside the interrogation room, was questioned for five hours. At that point, he confessed and implicated his little brother as well. This past September, after 30 years in jail, the Brown brothers, now 46 and 50, respectively, and still sitting on death row, were freed. New DNA evidence proved that they were innocent. This story is too common in our judicial system. Unfortunately, not all of those wrongly convicted are freed before their execution, leaving the judicial system to grant posthumous pardons to those later found innocent. Credibility: I’ve spent the last several weeks researching the death penalty; I’ve talked to lawyers, read through books and government documents, and evaluated arguments for both sides. Thesis: Today I will argue why congress should abolish the death penalty because of its various problems. Preview: First, I will discuss three reasons why the death penalty should be abolished: the cost to taxpayers, the inherent unfairness and racial biases, and its failure to deter crime. Then, I will explain the solution. I.

The death penalty is problematic for society. A. First, let’s talk money. The cost to taxpayers for a person sentenced to death is higher than the cost for someone serving a life sentence. 1. According to the Congressional Research Service’s Report for Congress on Capital Punishment, “the extra cost per death penalty imposed is over a quarter million dollars, and per execution exceeds $2 million.” 2. Death Penalty Info.Org cites a study showing that in California alone, the death penalty has cost taxpayers over $4 billion since 1978. They state that “if the Governor commuted the sentences of those remaining on death row to life without parole, it would result in an immediate savings of $170 million per year, with a savings of $5 billion over the next 20 years.” B. Second, let’s look at the color of justice. The death penalty is applied arbitrarily without consistency and is racially biased. 1. According to the NAACP, [over 40%] of the death penalty inmates are black. The problem with that is that black people only made up [around 10%] of the US population as a whole. 2. The NAACP also addresses those who were later proven innocent. Their website states that “over 130 people have been freed from death row since 1973 due to evidence of their innocence after being sentenced to death: [nearly 40%] of death row inmates who were ultimately freed because of new evidence were African Americans, and 35% of those executed and later found to be innocent were black.” 3. In fact, a recent study put together at the Cornel School of Law indicates that the darker the accused’s skin, the higher the likelihood that they will be sentenced to death.

C. Third, let’s talk about deterrence. The system is inherently flawed and doesn’t

achieve its goal of deterrence. 1. One reason that it doesn’t deter crime is because of mental dispositions of those who do crimes that would receive the death penalty. a. Eric Freedman, a professor at Hofstra University School of Law, explains that “people who commit capital murders generally do not engage in probability analysis concerning the likelihood of getting the death penalty if they are caught.” In other words, those who are motivated and capable of committing these crimes aren’t mentally stable enough to understand the gravity of their situation. b. In fact, Freedman explains, “they may be severely mentally disturbed people like Ted Bundy, who [selected] Florida for his final crimes because it had a death penalty.” 2. Those in the police force agree that the death penalty is not a deterring factor. a. According to Death Penalty Info.Org, over two-thirds of the nearly 400 police chiefs surveyed did not think that the death penalty significantly reduced the number of homicides. b. When asked what the most effective ways of deterring crime were, they identified “the need to reduce the prevalence of drug abuse [as] their first priority. They also [advocated] longer prison sentences for criminals, fewer technical legal barriers to the prosecution of criminals, more police officers on the street, a better economy with more jobs, and reducing the number of guns [instead of] an expanded use of the death penalty as better ways to lower crime.” Transition: The problems are significant, clear, and numerous, but the solution is quite simple: we must abolish the death penalty. II.

In order for the death penalty to be abolished, we need to urge our congress to eliminate this system. A. Many people argue that the death penalty should be used because it is an equal punishment for the crime or crimes committed. In other words, the concept of “an eye for an eye.” 1. To this, we should return to a concept briefly mentioned earlier: wrongful convictions and executions. 2. Wrongful convictions can come from bad eyewitness testimony, improper forensic science, false confessions, incriminating statements, or incorrect informants, according to the Innocence Project. 3. The Innocence Project also found that since 2000, there have been over 250 exonerations based on new DNA evidence. That’s 250 individuals that would have been legally and wrongfully murdered. B. Let’s examine where the US sits in the pantheon of civilized countries. According to Anti Death Penalty.Org, the US, China, and North Korea are among the few countries in which the death penalty still survives. No European, South American,

or other North American countries are found in that list. So, we would not be paving the way in abolishing the death penalty, but rather joining numerous forward-thinking nations in doing so. Transition: With heated debate from both sides, it’s important to understand the research behind why we should call on congress to remove this system. Conclusion: Restate Thesis and Main Points: The death penalty should be abolished by congress because it is not cost effective, it is racially biased, and it fails to achieve its main goal of deterrence. Closer: Now let’s return to Brown and his brother, the men freed for a murder they never committed when they were only in their teens. In a system that seeks to find justice for everyone involved, can we really defend a punishment that leaves little room for error? The death penalty should not be applied if we cannot be 100% fair and certain that the evidence is correct. I urge you all to examine this issue more carefully. Or at least be a little more educated the next time that this debate takes center stage in the political realm. Thank you.

References Biesecker, M. (2014, September 3). Leon Brown freed after 30 years in prison because of new DNA evidence. The Huffington Post. Call on congress to pass the federal death penalty abolition act into law. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.NAACP.org/ Congressional Research Service. (1998). Capital punishment: A brief overview (CRS Report 98499 GOV). Washington, DC: Library of Congress. Costs of the death penalty. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/ Department of Justice. (2000). The federal death penalty system: A statistical survey. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice. Dieter, R. (1995, February 1). On the front line: Law enforcement views on the death penalty. Retrieved from http://www.DeathPenaltyInfo.org/ Eberhardt, J., Davies, P., Purdie-Vaughns, V., & Johnson, S. (n.d.). Looking deathworthy: Perceived stereotypicality of black defendants predicts capital-sentencing outcomes. Psychological Science, 383-386. Who is on death row. (2011, January 1). Retrieved from http://wwww.AntiDeathPenalty.org/

Presentations to Persuade

Sample persuasive speech,   here is a generic, sample speech in an outline form with notes and suggestions., learning objectives.

By the end of this section, you will be able to:

  • Understand the structural parts of a persuasive speech.

Attention Statement

Show a picture of a person on death row and ask the audience: does an innocent man deserve to die?


Briefly introduce the man in an Illinois prison and explain that he was released only days before his impending death because DNA evidence (not available when he was convicted), clearly established his innocence.

A statement of your topic and your specific stand on the topic:

“My speech today is about the death penalty, and I am against it.”

Introduce your credibility and the topic: “My research on this controversial topic has shown me that deterrence and retribution are central arguments for the death penalty, and today I will address each of these issues in turn.”

State your main points.

“Today I will address the two main arguments for the death penalty, deterrence and retribution, and examine how the governor of one state decided that since some cases were found to be faulty, all cases would be stayed until proven otherwise.”

Information: Provide a simple explanation of the death penalty in case there are people who do not know about it. Provide clear definitions of key terms.

Deterrence: Provide arguments by generalization, sign, and authority.

Retribution: Provide arguments by analogy, cause, and principle.

Case study: State of Illinois, Gov. George Ryan. Provide an argument by testimony and authority by quoting: “You have a system right now…that’s fraught with error and has innumerable opportunities for innocent people to be executed,” Dennis Culloton, spokesman for the Governor, told the Chicago Tribune . “He is determined not to make that mistake.”

Solution steps:

  • National level . “Stay all executions until the problem that exists in Illinois, and perhaps the nation, is addressed.”
  • Local level . “We need to encourage our own governor to examine the system we have for similar errors and opportunities for innocent people to be executed.”
  • Personal level . “Vote, write your representatives, and help bring this issue to the forefront in your community.”

Reiterate your main points and provide synthesis; do not introduce new content.

Residual Message

Imagine that you have been assigned to give a persuasive presentation lasting five to seven minutes. Follow the guidelines in Table 14.6 “Sample Speech Guidelines” and apply them to your presentation.

Table 14.6 Sample Speech Guidelines


A speech to persuade presents an attention statement, an introduction, the body of the speech with main points and supporting information, a conclusion, and a residual message.

  • Apply this framework to your persuasive speech.
  • Prepare a three- to five-minute presentation to persuade and present it to the class.
  • Review an effective presentation to persuade and present it to the class.
  • Review an ineffective presentation to persuade and present it to the class
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Capital punishment is a custom in which prisoners are executed in accordance with judicial practice when they are convicted of committing a “capital crime.” Capital crimes are crimes considered so atrocious that they should

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II. Second Main Point: The excessive cost of execution is also a reason for the death penalty to be abolished. To keep a man in prison for one 's whole life cost less than executing him. A state would save millions of dollars if they did away with death row and executions.

Immorality of the Death Penalty, A Speech

A. Attention Getter: Thou shall not kill, only one of the ten commandments that some individuals unfortunately can not seem to uphold. What would the world look like if we did not have an “eye for an eye” mentality? The debate about whether or not capital punishment is ethical or immoral is significant because our country is spending unnecessary amounts on death penalty executions, in which citizens do not know enough about the subject matter to disagree or protest its use. While tax payers are paying for this procedure, the death penalty poses many moral insurrections.

An Advocate for Capital Punishment

Well First let me explain what capital punishment is. Capital punishment, the death penalty, or the execution of somebody is the infliction of death upon a person by a judicial process as a punishment for an offence. Crimes that can result in a death penalty are known as capital crimes or capital offences.

Murder Is Wrong Essay

From an early age, children are taught that murder is morally wrong. In today’s complex society that is impeded by unsettling periods of civil unrest, it is an expectation for everyone to acknowledge and accept that murder is one of the worst crimes individuals can commit. Perhaps it can be said that the death penalty is one of our legal system’s biggest contradictions of itself, as, if someone commits murder (or another heinous crime of that caliber), such ‘murderers’ will, in states that have capital punishment laws, be sent to Death Row and ultimately murdered in order to prevent potential future crimes by such perpetrators. I believe that the death penalty is wrong not only as it is immoral to take a life, but also, such ineffective laws waste money and do not deter crime.

Persuasive Speech On Death Penalty

Comrade judges and layers: I am overjoyed to be here with you today. However, today is not a particularly joyous occasion. Today we are talking about the future of the death penalty. Due to new technology, access to execution drugs, -- or lack thereof, -- irreversible sentences, and constitutional issues, lawyers all around the nation are wondering: is the death penalty actually a good punishment, or should we simply outlaw it?

Essay on The Death Penalty Is Morally Unjustified

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According to opponents of the death penalty, the death penalty, not only does not heal the wounds and hearts of the victim’s family and society, but it will also inflict more hatred and vengeance in the society. As Morgan (2011) said in her chapter “The Death Penalty Does Not Deliver Justice”, death penalty does not allow the relative of the victims to forgive and forget. For instance, she believes that seeing the cold-blooded execution of the criminal will not bring any peace or healing, rather, she believes that being involved in activities with other friends and relatives of the victim, such as the memorial service for the victim will be more effective in bring about peace and healing. In addition, she believes that arresting rather than executing the offender will bring more

A historical moment in United States history was shortly after the “so called,” “Boston Massacre. Many British soldiers were being accused of murder; but one Patriot, John Adams, who would one day become our second President, asserted that everyone deserves a fair trial. There was no killing. Only trials, observation, and questions. Our country states that everyone deserves the right to a trial, and not automatic death. The theory of capital punishment, or as most of you call it, the death penalty, is a violent way to sort out the criminals of an event. Capital punishment is a serious issue, and most of United States is on it. In fact, it is on the 2016 Presidential ballot, whether it should remain or be abolished. To inform people, capital punishment is a government practice where a person is put to death for a crime they committed. These capital offences are of serious issue, but should it really determine whether a person is allowed to live? No! I am an opponent for the death penalty being used anywhere in the world.

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