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Death Penalty & Treating Juvenile Offenders as Adults

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COPY OF LIBRARY HANDOUT (USE THE LINKS TO SAVE TIME!)

 

Mrs. D. Smith/Library Research                     Name____________________________________Block_____

Today you will be forming an opinion (that you can support) on both capital punishment and whether teens should be treated as adults for crimes (and under what circumstances).  Find good answers for the following questions, so you use your notes later for a debate and an essay.

1.        Go to http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/descriptions-execution-methods.   Name four methods of execution and write down some interesting  facts about each:

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2.        How many states have capital punishment?                    Does New Jersey?                 

Web site used and date last updated:

3.       Is President Obama for or against capital punishment?                       

Web site used and date last updated:

4.       Research the PROS and CONS of Capital Punishment – the death penalty.  On the back of this paper, list as many of each that you can find. (Pro = for/Con = against)

5.       Research the sentencing of teenagers for serious crimes.  Take notes to help you decide whether you believe we should treat juvenile offenders as adults in court OR make a Pro/Con Chart for your notes.  Use these suggested sites or Google it yourself:

a.       http://www.roanoke.com/news/roanoke/wb/216362

b.      http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,110232,00.html

c.       http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/juvenile/

d.      http://www.newsweek.com/2009/11/04/we-can-t-execute-them.html

e.  http://www.balancedpolitics.org/death_penalty.htm

PROS - Death Penalty

CONS - Death Penalty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROS - Treating Juveniles as Adults

CONS – Treating Juveniles as Adults

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bonus:  *When was the death penalty for juveniles banned by the U.S. Constitution?                    **Prior to that, how many minors had been executed? 

At the end of your research, go to the class blog (topic #4) to share your views  http://maddogsmith.blogspot.com/ 

"He who learns but does not think is lost! 
He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger!" 
Confucius 551-479 B.C. (Chinese philosopher)

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"YOU make choices, but  CHOICES make you." (DOS)
 
“Men are not prisoners of fate, but prisoners of their own minds.” (FDR)

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DID YOU KNOW THAT NO PIECE OF PAPER CAN BE FOLDED IN HALF MORE THAN SEVEN TIMES?  TRY IT.  THEN GET BACK TO WORK.

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