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CHAPTER 12

CONVEYOR BELTS AND OBSTACAL COURSES

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CONCLUSION

STUDY QUESTIONS AND WRITING PROMPTS

Are there rules at home or school which you believe are unfair? Can you make a good argument for why the rules should be changed?

How might you convince those in authority to change those rules?

What did Clarence Darrow mean when he said "It's not the bad people I fear so much as the good people. When a person is sure that he is good, he is nearly hopeless. He gets cruel. He believes in punishment." Do you agree? Why or why not?

What did Thomas Szasz mean when he said mental illnesses are largely myths and ways of letting people escape personal responsibility. Do you agree? Why or why not?

What did Dyodor Dostoyevsky mean when he said "the degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons"? Do you agree? Why or why not?

It was not until 1986, in a case called Batson v. Kentucky, that the United States Supreme Court said it was unconstitutional to exclude people from a jury based on their race. Previously it was common for an all-white jury to convict a non-white defendant. Explain how the requirements of the Fourteenth Amendment (due process of law and equal protection of the laws) forbids exlcuding people from a jury based on race.

 

 

FURTHER READING (HONORS LEVEL)

Two Models of the Criminal Process is the paper by Herbert L. Packer, published in 1968, which first set up the concepts of conveyor belts and obstacal courses. The essay comprehensively explains and lays out the two models. The paper is not easy to read, but worth the effort.