The punishment of criminals reflects a culture’s customs, economic conditions, and religious and political beliefs. These change over time. These discussion questions will focus on punishment types and the final punishment -the death penalty.
Please respond to all of the following prompts:
First, in your own words define, then compare and contrast the following concepts: General deterrence Specific deterrence Incapacitation Retribution
Then, apply these concepts to the ways in which VIOLENT offenders are sentenced in today’s courts.
Present your views on the death penalty as it exists today in the United States. You must present at least one case from law concerning the use of [for or against] the death penalty. Finally, examine your state’s rules concerning the use of the death penalty.