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Death Penalty Affirmative
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DEATH PENALTY AFF

Resolution


Resolved: The United States federal government should enact substantial criminal justice reform in the United States in one or more of the following: forensic science, policing, sentencing.

Glossary


8th Amendment – Part of the Bill of Rights to the US Constitution, the Eighth Amendment states that “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.”
14th Amendment - Arguably one of the most consequential amendments to this day, the amendment addresses citizenship rights and equal protection under the law and was proposed in response to issues related to former slaves following the American Civil War. The amendment's first section includes several clauses including the Due Process Clause and Equal Protection Clause.
Attorney General – The head of the Department of Justice and the chief lawyer of the United States. The current AG is William P. Barr.
Capital Punishment – Another term for the death penalty.
Death Row – A place in a prison that houses inmates awaiting execution after being convicted of a capital crime. The term is also used figuratively to describe the state of awaiting execution ("being on death row"), even in places where no special facility or separate unit for condemned inmates exists.
Deterrence – The action of discouraging an action or event through instilling doubt or fear of the consequences. Deterrence is probably the most commonly expressed rationale for the death penalty. The essence of the theory is that the threat of being executed in the future will be sufficient to cause a significant number of people to refrain from committing a heinous crime they had otherwise planned.
Dignity –The right of a person to be valued and respected for their own sake, and to be treated ethically. While not an official doctrine or clause of the constitution, the courts have progressively recognizing this inherent value. Most recently, in the Obergefell v. Hodges (2015) decision that legalzed gay marriage. Further contextualized in the Barry ‘17 evidence.

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