Changing Perspectives: The Death Penalty, 1st Edition

  • Published By: New York Times Educational Pub
  • ISBN-10: 1642822256
  • ISBN-13: 9781642822250
  • DDC: 364.660973
  • Grade Level Range: 7th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 224 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2020 | Published/Released December 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2020

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Despite human rights organizations' and the United Nations' calls to end the death penalty, the United States continues to use it, placing it in an unusual grouping with China, Iran, and Saudi Arabia, among others. Yet, a 2018 Pew Poll reflected that most Americans still support capital punishment. This Times anthology includes over a century of perspectives on the subject, covering the advent of the electric chair and lethal injection, Supreme Court decisions on capital punishment's constitutionality, and today's renewed challenges to the death penalty in light of racial disparities in sentencing. Media literacy questions and terms will challenge readers to further analyze reporting styles, devices, and the controversial subject of the death penalty.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
The Ultimate Punishment, But Is It a Deterrent?.
1: Is the Death Penalty an Actual Check to Crime?.
2: The Death Penalty.
3: Panel Urges End to Death Penalty; Psychiatrists Told That It Fails as a Deterrent.
4: Deadly Statistics: A Survey of Crime and Punishment.
A Question of Fairness: Race, Class and the Death Penalty.
5: Casting Off a Remnant of Racism.
6: High Court to Decide Whether Death Penalty Discriminates Against Blacks.
7: Who Decides Who Will Die? Even Within States, It Varies.
8: Studies Find Death Penalty Tied to Race of the Victims.
9: Rethinking the Death Penalty.
10: Washington State Supreme Court Deems Death Penalty Unconstitutional.
From Furman to Gregg, a Brief Moratorium on Executions.
11: An End to the Death Penalty.
12: California Ruling on Capital Punishment.
13: Why the Death Penalty Must Be Abolished.
14: Legality of Death Penalty.
15: Court Spares 600.
16: Death Again in California.
17: Court to Review Death Penalty Issue.
18: Death Penalty a 300-Year Issue in America.
19: Death Penalty Is Favored.
20: Backers of the Death Penalty Are Making Scant Progress.
Intellectual Disability and the Death Penalty.
21: Death Penalty Abolished in Bill.
22: Constitution Sometimes Prohibits Executing the Insane, Justices Say.
23: Citing ‘National Consensus,’ Justices Bar Death Penalty for Retarded Defendants.
24: Last Chance for Warren Hill.
25: Florida's Unconstitutional Death Penalty.
26: Court Extends Curbs on the Death Penalty in a Florida Ruling.
Juvenile Offenders and the Death Penalty.
27: Boy, 17, Will Face Second Execution.
28: Too Young to Die?.
29: Supreme Court, 5-4, Forbids Execution in Juvenile Crime.
Religious Perspectives.
30: Reform Jews Ask Death Penalty End.
31: Lutherans Hit Death Penalty: Aides of 3.3 Million-Member Church Favor a Ban.
32: Milestone in Death Penalty Fight, but Still a Way to Go.
33: Pope Francis Declares Death Penalty Unacceptable in All Cases.
Medical Perspectives.
34: The Kemmler Execution: Dr. C. E. Spitzka Tells Doctors and Lawyers All about It.
35: The Penalty of Death.
36: Focus on Doctors and Executions.
37: Doctors See Way to Cut Suffering in Executions.
38: Compassionate Capital Punishment.
Perspectives from the Bench.
39: Blackmun: ‘I … Concede That the Death Penalty Experiment Has Failed’.
40: Scalia: Fifth Amendment ‘Clearly Permits the Death Penalty’.
41: Excerpts from Ruling and Dissent on Who Decides the Death Penalty.
Lethal Injection and the Death Penalty Today.
42: Technician Executes Murderer in Texas by Lethal Injection.
43: Cruel and Unusual History.
44: Supreme Court Allows Lethal Injection for Execution.
45: Panel Urges One-Drug Lethal Injections.
46: Nevada Execution Is Blocked after Drugmaker Sues.
47: Fentanyl Used to Execute Nebraska Inmate, in a First for U.S..
Media Literacy Terms.
Media Literacy Questions.