The Death Penalty: People Who Kill People Who Kill People

Poster Poster

 Artists’ Statement

By: Nicole Castillo, Julia Marlin, Brian Moreno, Mira Soto-Nelson

The death penalty is the punishment of execution, administered to someone legally convicted of a capital crime. The Death Penalty has been a big issue in the United States; many people want to abolish it, while many people want it to remain in the US. According to an article, “The Death Penalty in the United States,” on April 1, 2008, the Death Penalty was authorized by 37 states, the Federal Government, and the U.S. Military. Both sides have strong arguments, but argue their point in a different way. People who support the death penalty use pathos appeals, telling emotion-provoking stories to evoke a need for revenge in the listener. On the other hand, people who oppose the death penalty use facts, logics, and statistics to argue their side. These people argue that killing people is inhumane and use statistics such as the cost benefits of abolishing the death penalty as well as the positive effect doing so would have on crimes rates.

Recently, there have been new developments in the death penalty debate such as the introduction of DNA testing into criminal investigations as well as a series of recent botched executions which have been at the forefront of arguments that the death penalty is cruel. The increase of DNA testing to help confirm the innocence or guilt or a convict in capital cases has lead to the exoneration of over a dozen death row inmates. Unfortunately, there have been a few cases where DNA testing has proven the innocence of someone who has already been executed.

Viewpoints of the death penalty range from complete support to the belief that it should be completely abolished. Arguments for the death penalty include bringing closure to victim’s families and matching punishments for the severity of crimes. In other words the argument is, if someone takes the life of another, they deserve death themselves. Arguments against the death penalty include the economic aspects as well as moral side, a.k.a. killing is always wrong. Additionally many abolitionists believe that the government’s use of the death penalty is hypocritical; they say that murder is wrong and in order to enforce this ideal they kill more of their own citizens.



Emotional Appeals for the Death Penalty

Arguments Against the Death Penalty

Arguments Against Lethal Injection



Works Cited





36 thoughts on “The Death Penalty: People Who Kill People Who Kill People

  1. I don’t really understand the “you’ll never look at fried food the same way” reference, what’s the connection there?


  2. Just based on your title “people who kill people who kill people” capital punishment doesn’t actually make logical sense. If you think taking a life is something a person should never do, how can you kill that person? It’s interesting to see at what point the government thinks it’s ok to take someone’s life


  3. I think the movie poster is cool and funny!! I also think the Emotional Appeals to the Death penalty is profound because it shows the different perspectives on the death penalty with stories behind them.


  4. Yes I agree with Elijah, unless of course the prisoner gives consent, some do of course rather die and commit suicide than spend the rest of their lives locked up.
    …Wow that just sounded so sad, but it happens right?


  5. Brian you did an excellent job with the poster, and worked so hard on it. We are all very proud of you, just loved it! 🙂 . Also I agree with Elijah, and Jasmine, the death penalty should not be allowed because it’s simply doing the same thing to people who have already done it!!!


  6. your title is really funny, i had to keep myself from laughing too hard at it but it’s pretty clever. i find the opinions on the death penalty are pretty varied even in berkeley which is interesting. i personally am on the “some crimes deserve death” side but it’s so bad economically


  7. I feel like the death pentalty should e allowed because some crimes are so cruel. But it should only be used in those specially cases, not more than 1% of the time.


  8. death penalty were always a strange weird topic for me, but somehow distant since i’m not from US. is kind of… hard to believe


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