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PART II: PUNISHMENT

CHAPTER 7

RETRIBUTION -- "AN EYE FOR AN EYE"

STUDY QUESTIONS AND WRITING PROMPTS

What are some arguments in favor of using punishment for retribution?

What are some arguments against using punishment for retribution?

Which way do you think the author leans? Why?

Which way do you lean? Why?

Have you seen instances of retribution in your own life?

Why is Marvin's story in this chapter? What point is the author making about the theory of retribution through the use of Marvin's story?

Do you think people with low intelligence should be spared the death penalty? Why or why not?

"Jury nullification" is the term used when a jury finds a defendant not guilty even though the jurors believe the defendant is guilty. Why do you think jurors might do this? Can you think of good reasons for jurors to do this? Can you think of bad reasons for jurors to do this?

FURTHER READING (HONORS LEVEL)

The NAACP (National Association For The Advancement of Colored People) publishes statistics about how many more people of color are imprisoned than whites. Can you think of more than one possible xplanations for the racial disparity given in these statistics? What do you think is the most likely explanation?

Read these two articles on jury nullification and answer the question: Should judges tell juries that they have the power to nullify? Why or why not.

Jury nullification

Washington Post, October 29, 2013