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Kleck, Gary – American Journal of Sociology, 1979
Examines two controversial questions related to the problem of interpersonal violence in America: (1) Does use of the death penalty exert any measurable influence on the rate of homicide in the United States? (2) What relationship, if any, exists between the level of gun ownership and the level of homicide violence? (Author)
Descriptors: Antisocial Behavior, Capital Punishment, Crime, Guns
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Keyes, Denis; And Others – Mental Retardation, 1997
Criticizes the institution of the death penalty for convicted criminals with mental retardation. Examples are given of cases in which juries were not told of the defendant's mental retardation before sentencing, and a list of defendants with mental retardation that have been executed since 1976 is provided. (CR)
Descriptors: Adults, Capital Punishment, Corporal Punishment, Court Litigation
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Ofori-Dankwa, Joseph; Lane, Robert W. – Teaching in Higher Education, 2000
Identifies four approaches to cultural diversity that professors at institutions of higher education may take. These are neutrality, similarity, diversity, and diversimilarity. Identifies the strengths and weaknesses of each of these approaches, and argues for the diversimilarity approach, using the teaching of the death penalty (and examination…
Descriptors: Capital Punishment, College Faculty, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences
American Journal on Mental Retardation, 1992
Four responses and a rebuttal are presented to EC 603 716, focusing on "protections" from the state for individuals with mental retardation, the vulnerability of individuals with mental retardation, the need to take individual abilities into account, and the unusual uncertainty in determining the justice of the verdict imposing the death penalty.…
Descriptors: Accountability, Capital Punishment, Court Litigation, Criminal Law
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Nugent, Christopher – Insights on Law & Society, 2001
Focuses on laws that influence U.S. immigration, such as the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (1996), the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (1996), the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (1996), and the Legal Immigration and Family Equity Act (2000). Includes discussion…
Descriptors: Citizenship, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Immigrants, Immigration
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Schutt, Robin Muksian – Teaching English in the Two-Year College, 1998
Describes how a professor teaching a "Writing Arguments" course focused on two cases involving the death penalty to show students how arguments are constructed, and how students can form strong arguments of their own. Notes that this approach does not force students to choose sides when they stand somewhere in the middle. Describes four…
Descriptors: Case Method (Teaching Technique), Controversial Issues (Course Content), Persuasive Discourse, Two Year Colleges
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Williams, Charles F. – Update on Law-Related Education, 2000
States that in the past juvenile courts afforded children with fewer rights than criminal courts accorded to adults accused of the same crimes. Reviews three U.S. Supreme Court cases that affirmed the constitutional rights of juvenile offenders and changed juvenile court proceedings. Discusses whether the juvenile death penalty violates…
Descriptors: Capital Punishment, Civil Rights, Court Litigation, Court Role
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Update on Law-Related Education, 1989
Examines several recent Supreme Court decisions and comments on the implications of those decisions. Looks at powers of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the picketing of private homes, involuntary servitude, alcoholism, displaying of adult literature, attorney advertisements, confronting one's accuser, physician peer review…
Descriptors: Capital Punishment, Civil Disobedience, Civil Liberties, Constitutional Law
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Hayman, Robert L., Jr.; Ramarui, Cornelis O. – Update on Law-Related Education, 1986
Reviews a collection of decisions rendered by the Burger Court during its waning months. The decisions involve (1) criminal procedures, (2) racial bias in jury selection, (3) search and seizure, and (4) the exclusion of jurors who have reservations about the death penalty. (JDH)
Descriptors: Civics, Constitutional Law, Court Litigation, Court Role
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Scott, Elizabeth S.; Steinberg, Laurence – Future of Children, 2008
Elizabeth Scott and Laurence Steinberg explore the dramatic changes in the law's conception of young offenders between the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twenty-first. At the dawn of the juvenile court era, they note, most youths were tried and punished as if they were adults. Early juvenile court reformers argued strongly…
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Maturity (Individuals), Violence, Crime
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Schroeder, Julie; Guin, Cecile C.; Pogue, Rene; Bordelon, Danna – Social Work, 2006
Providing an effective defense for individuals charged with capital crimes requires a diligent, thorough investigation by a mitigation specialist. However, research suggests that mitigation often plays a small role in the decision for life. Jurors often make sentencing decisions prematurely, basing those decisions on their personal reactions to…
Descriptors: Death, Punishment, Social Work, Court Litigation
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George, Diana; Shoos, Diane – College English, 2005
Examining a range of visual images of executions, both legal (the executions of convicted murderers) and extralegal (the lynchings of innocent African Americans), in still photographs and in Hollywood films, the authors suggest that while such images may flatten and neutralize the popular debates and politics surrounding the issues, this is not…
Descriptors: Politics, Death, Punishment, Photography
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Lesser, Lawrence M.; Nordenhaug, Erik – Journal of Statistics Education, 2004
This article describes an innovative curriculum module the first author created on the two-way exchange between statistics and applied ethics. The module, having no particular mathematical prerequisites beyond high school algebra, is part of an undergraduate interdisciplinary ethics course which begins with a 3-week introduction to basic applied…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Curriculum, Philosophy, Statistics
Reynolds, Leigh Ann – 1995
This fact sheet uses a question-and-answer format to summarize issues related to people with mental retardation in the criminal justice system. Questions and answers address the following topics: the number of people with mental retardation in the criminal justice system (2 to 10 percent of the prison population is mentally retarded); whether…
Descriptors: Capital Punishment, Civil Rights, Compliance (Legal), Crime
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Forsyth, Craig J.; Forsyth, Ouida F. – Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 2007
This paper describes the experience of mitigation experts in first degree murder cases in the penalty phase of the trial. The first author, who is a sociologist, has worked in capital murder cases since 1988, as a mitigation expert in over 200 such cases. The second author assists in the mitigation process by analyzing mental health and…
Descriptors: Mental Disorders, Suicide, Mental Health, Sexual Abuse
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