This week you learned about different methods of deterring crime. Punishment is one of those deterrents. There is no other more controversial punishment in the United States than the death penalty. Advocates argue its’ deterrent capabilities, while detractors argue it is cruel and unusual. This week you are going to explore the Grantham Online Library and use it to find information on the death penalty in your state. Being able to use the Grantham Online Library is a critical skill during your coursework. Watch the Online Library Video Tutorial included in your weekly resources. Take this opportunity to try different methods of searching for information. Explore the available databases. Get comfortable navigating between the resources.
In a well-constructed, one-page essay (500+ words, not including references), discuss the history of capital punishment in your state (or a state of your choice). Is the death penalty still used in that state? If not, when did it stop? What types of crimes can it be / could it have been considered for? How many people are on death row in your state (If applicable)? Are there any other important details about the death penalty in your state?
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