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Learning About the Death Penalty

This page is designed as a tool for learning. The goal is to provide information that empowers site visitors who are interested in reviewing, and critically thinking, about the issues. In addition to death penalty links, this page includes "reflection questions" that can be used for individual learning or may be incorporated into a course assignment.... Show More


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Pamela Dunning
Pamela Dunning (Faculty)
11 years ago

A good collection of materials concerning the death penalty. The last section dealing with steps you can take to end the death penalty fosters a personal opinion which I would not use in a political science class.

Technical Remarks:

Some of the links are broken.

Time spent reviewing site: 20 minutes
Tom Sparhawk
Tom Sparhawk (Faculty)
12 years ago

Nice presentation but many internal links are broken. Site needs to be updated (Mar 2011) or it will lead to more frustration than it might be worth.

Other than that irritant the site is a nice compilation of data and arguments about the death penalty and should serve as a valuable resource for people interested in the topic.

Time spent reviewing site: 30 minutes
Jennifer Lerner
Jennifer Lerner (Administrator)
16 years ago
I have used this site in both criminology and introductory sociology courses. Students generally respond quite well to it. It provides a clear but not overwhelming overview of a range of basic arguments against the death penalty and includes questions for further thought and links for further information. Students regularly come away from reviewing this site remembering its key points and having changed views about the issue. I usually only ask students to read the main site, but the wealth of information lends itself to a larger assignment involving deeper exploration as well.
Used in course? Yes