For this assignment,
you will read several sources covering different aspects of capital punishment,
and then answer questions about the sources. You can do the entire assignment
from this page. Click on the links to get to the sources, then use the GO
button to get back to this page. Highlight the page titled Capital Punishment
Assignment, and let go. To answer questions, first click in the text
box, then type in your answer. At the bottom of the page, click on the SUBMIT button. If you have any questions or problems, ask the reference
librarian for help.
look at a PowerPoint
Presentation designed by Lawrence Hinman, from the University of San
Use the buttons at the bottom of the screen to move from
slide to slide.
The single forward arrow will move you one slide forward.
go to the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau
of Justice Statistics. This site will give you statistics for the number
of executions during 1997, plus the number of prisoners under sentence of
death in the various states.
published an article about the Controversies
on Death Row back in June 1997. Scan through this article.
The next site
Man Talking, a rather famous site consisting of a series of columns
by death row inmate Dean.
Next, look at the case of the lynching of 15-year old Kimmy Dotts by a group of teenagers. At the murder trial, Kimmy's parents asked the prosecutor not to seek the death penalty.
The next two
links are two personal accounts, or opinions, of the death penalty. Your
job is to look at both of them, decide which is for and which against capital
punishment, who the author is for each article, and what gives them the
authority or credentials to voice this opinion. Have they had personal experience
that gives them insight? Have they conducted research on the subject? Are
they recognized authorities on capital punishment or spirituality or criminology
or any other area that might give them some expertise?
You have just finished your online assignment. Before you click on the SUBMIT button, make sure that you've entered your name at the top of
the page. Also, please answer one more question.
Now click on
the SUBMIT button.
This page was last updated on Sept. 8, 1999.
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