Informative Speech Assignment #1: The Full-Sentence Outline
Specific Purpose Statement: After listening to my speech, my audience will know what a death penalty is, why it should be replaced, and how.
A. Why is this question important?
B. Do you know, at all, why is a death penalty used?
II. The death penalty can be replaced with life imprisonment.
III. The life imprisonment is more moral, ethic and efficient sentence for cruel crimes.
Transition: death penalty has its reasons
I. There are some vital reasons to use the death penalty.
A. The death penalty is connected with the most valuable thing we have – life, although the issue is about the life of others. Do we have a right to take someone’s life? It’s an important question each of us must answer.
B. Some of the states of the USA do not use the death penalty, but most of them do.
C. There is no relevantly argued point of view regarding the use of such a punishment method. Currently, there are a lot of pros and cons.
D. Some experts, lawyers and specialists state that the death penalty is a good, effective deterrent, preventing others from doing the same.
E. Others state that the “measure for measure” law presents the true justice, making the situation in a society stable.
Transition: reasons can be not relevant
II. The death penalty sentencing system is not as efficient as some would like it to be.
A. Comparing the pros and cons, cons are more persuasive.
B. Investigations show that the death penalty as a process is a great waste of time, energy and money, our money as taxpayers. According to the article “Costs of the Death Penalty”:
1. “Life-without-parole cases take an average of 526 days, death cases – 1902”.
2. ”North Carolina could save $11 million annually if it dropped the death penalty”.
C. Religion and morality is also in a conflict with the death penalty law. One of the shortest and the most well known religious rules is “do not kill”.
E. It considers no details about cruelty of a crime or anything else. It is simple and evident – we must not kill a person, even if he/she is a murderer.
F. Doctors also take part in the execution process. Thus they violate the vital medical rule – do no harm.
Transition: good alternative for the inefficient method
III. Life imprisonment is a good alternative to the death penalty.
A. According to the article mentioned ahead, life imprisonment cases need less resources.
B. Cancel of the death penalty law solves the problem of the doctors and their oath.
C. The most important – efficiency of the death penalty as a deterrent is not proved. According to the article “Top 10 Pros and Cons. Should the death penalty be allowed?” there are researches confirming both the efficiency and inefficiency of such a method.
C. If a mistake occurs, the innocent person will still have a chance to live
Transition: In conclusion
I. The death penalty is the method with not proved efficiency and evident waste of resources. It should be replaced with life imprisonment.
II. Life imprisonment saves the resources, provides the sentenced person a chance to be useful for society. It is also what makes us humans
Works Cited List
“Costs of the Death Penalty”. Death Penalty Information Center. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 February 2014. http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/costs-death-pen
“Top 10 Pros and Cons. Should the death penalty be allowed?” ProCon.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Feb. 2014. http://deathpenalty.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=002000