Each book in the Point/Counterpoint series presents its topic from multiple points of view, offering all the statues, legal opinions, statistics, and studies the reader needs to structure an informed argument. Every topics is treated thoroughly, and all sources are documented to facilitate furhter research; Point/Counterpoint is the ideal starting point for debates or research papers or for any reader who wants to understand the key issues in American Society today. As U.S. crime rates continue to soar, everyone agrees that crime is a major problem, but people disagree whether capital punishment is an acceptable solution. Today, the United States is the only Western industrialized nation that still imposes the death penalty-not surprising, given that a majority of Americans support capital punishment for cases involving brutal crimes. Opponents of the death penalty contend that race and poverty, more often than the nature of the crime, determine who will die. To support their contention, they point to cases in chich people were wrongly convicted and sentenced to death. Death penalty debates provide few easy answers.
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