Debate Topic: The Death Penalty
These websites are about the death penalty and issues around it. Listen to moral arguments for and against capital punishment. Find out what effects the death penalty has on crime rates, the history of the death penalty, the effects on the economy, advantages and disadvantages of the death penalty, and states with record number executions.
ThinkQuest: When Life Generates Death
This student-created web site describes the history of the death penalty around the world. Information includes situations in the world today and international legislation.
New York TImes: Who Decides Who Dies?
This lesson plan is about various state laws concerning capital punishment. Students can conduct a mock meeting of the United States Congress to set standards for the death penalty.
GALLUP Politics: U.S. Death Penalty Support Stable at 63%
See GALLUP Poll numbers on who supports the death penalty in the U.S. and who is against it. NOTE: This site links to social networking sites.
American Civil Liberties Union
On this site you can watch a three-minute preview of "Freedom to Live: The Death Penalty." Find out about the Capital Punishment Project (CPP), which is working toward the ultimate goal of abolishing the death penalty.
The Death Penalty: Specific Issues
This page provides links to various arguments for and against capital punishment. NOTE: Some of the links do not open.
The Death Penalty - a Defence
This web book defends the death penalty. It was published in Sweden by the author David Anderson.
The Death Penalty Worldwide
Here are facts and statistics about the death penalty world wide. Find out which countries use the death penalty, which ones have outlawed it, and when. NOTE: This site contains ads.
Death Penalty Information Center
This sites contains statistical information on the death penalty. Learn the major issues surrounding capital punishment, which crimes are capital offenses, the history of the death penalty, and more.
Articles on Death Penalty Deterrence
This sites contains citations and abstracts of articles on the deterrent effect of capital punishment. There are further links to amicus briefs, press releases, and publications.
Death Penalty from Wex
Here is a legal overview of capital punishment. Learn how the death penalty may be prescribed by Congress or any state legislature for murder and other capital crimes.
The Death Penalty Focus
This sites focus seeks to educate the public about the inherent unfairness of the death penalty.
Campaign to End The Death Penalty
This organization seeks to abolish the death penalty in the United States. Includes contact information to local chapters, news, and articles.
Death Penalty Curriculum
This interactive site contains extensive information on both sides of the death penalty debate. There is an interactive map, state summaries, a history of the death penalty, and more.
PBS: Angel on Death Row
This site is about the case that inspired the book and film "Dead Man Walking." Read interviews with people who were involved, opposing viewpoints, and newspaper accounts of the crimes and executions.
Images of the Death Penalty
In this short film, Marvin Polk, the warden of North Carolina's Central Prison, narrates the preparation and final hours before a state execution. NOTE: This site links to YouTube.
Death Penalty Debate Part I
Listen to the first part of a debate between Robert Blecker and Robert Bohm. This segment has approximately one half hour running time.
Death Penalty Debate Part II
Listen to the second part of a debate between Robert Blecker and Robert Bohm. This segment has approximately one half hour running time.
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