The study explores the opinions of people residing in a particular community towards death penalty. The information will be gathered through self-administered test questionnaires and focus group discussions. Moreover, the test will also take into account the factors that affect the perceptions of the respondents. Also, it is important to note that the test is largely based on scientific evidence in literatures. This is to ensure that the results will be valid. In addition, fifty percent of the total number of residents in a certain community will be chosen at random. Those who are below 18 years old and those who will not consent to participate will be eliminated from the study.
[...] As a matter of fact, in 1994, the senate passed a legislation legalizing death penalty (“Death Penalty Bill Passes”). It can be imposed by congress or any state legislature for capital crimes such as murder (Cornell University Law School, 2008). In addition to this, it said that death penalty is not a “violation of Eight Amendment's ban on cruel and unusual punishment” (Cornell University Law School, 2008). However, all states provide for the death penalty” (Cornell University Law School, 2008). [...]
[...] With this, the researcher decided to explore the opinions of people towards death penalty in order for the lawmakers and the courts to also take into account the voice of the public. More than anything and anyone else, who stood firmly against legalizing death penalty, is the Church, who questions the morality the issue. The bible has been cited time and again, but only to come up with contradicting passages. As a matter of fact, the Old Testament seem to favor capital punishment in passages such as Num 35:16, if he smite him with an instrument of iron, so that he die, he a murderer: the murderer shall surely be put to death” (as cited in Blue Letter Bible). [...]
[...] Moreover, the factors that affect their opinions are based on literature, which may encompass belief on death penalty's effectiveness in deterrence of crime, human rights violation, religion, etc. A positive correlation between the factors and the third domain will mean that indeed the identified factors account for the opinions toward death penalty. Discussion If the results are as predicted, this will mean that the people are made aware most probably by the media on several stands against death penalty. Moreover, this might also mean that the respondents are staying away from conventional wisdom that death penalty can deter crimes. [...]
[...] Therefore, opinions towards legalization of death penalty of the community as a whole will be evaluated, including the factors that account for such attitude. Moreover, due to the quality of data, both quantitative and qualitative analysis will be employed. Descriptive statistics (i.e. mean, standard deviation, frequency, percentage) will be utilized to illustrate death penalty opinions, and the aspects covered by it. For the third domain, the score will be obtained by getting the mean of the mean scores of respondents per item covered. [...]
[...] Therefore, the researcher suggests that future studies that will be conducted on the same topic take the individual to be the unit of analysis in order to come up with a profound explanation and understanding towards this matter. References Allaire, J. (2008). Death penalty questions and answers. Retrieved May from http://www.catholicworker.org/winona/DeathPenalty.pdf. Capron A. (1995). Constitutionalizing death. The Hasting Center Report “Death penalty bill passes” (1994). The New York Times. [...]
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