The decision to release an inmate from prison early has been a much-debated topic for quite some time. Prepare a position paper about the issue of inmate early release. The purpose of a position paper or argument essay is to explain both sides of a controversy/issue and discusses why one is stronger or better than the other.
- Write a 3-4 page (only), double-spaced essay. (Points will be deducted for not meeting [three full pages] or exceeding the page limit.)
- Explain your side on this issue and the opposing side; highlight the differences between the opposing views.
- Use solid reasoning and factual evidence to persuade the reader that your view is more valid or advantageous than the opposing view.
- of a current incident to illustrate your position (document the source of the example; e.g.,The Miami Herald).
Your essay should be thorough, yet concise, in your own words, and in essay (APA) format. For guidance in writing a position paper click on the “Course Resources” link, and review the “Writing a Position Paper” handout.
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