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CHAPTER 8

DETERRENCE, OR A WARNING TO ALL

STUDY QUESTIONS AND WRITING PROMPTS

The author lists problems with the theory of deterrence. What are they?

The story of Nick Horner is used to illustrate what point?

Nick Horner was sentenced to life in prison. Do you think this was fair? Why or why not?

The author says deterrence often won't prevent the most horrific crimes. Why? Do you agree?

The story of Charles Whitman and the high school teacher in Virginia is used to illustrate what point?

How does the author feel about tough criminal laws? Does the author believe they work as deterrence? How do you know? What do you think?

The author points out problems with using incapacitation to prevent crimes. What are they?

Clarence Darrow, a famous defense lawyer, claimed that nobody should be in prison. Can you think of how Mr. Darrow might have supported his position?

 

FURTHER READING (HONORS LEVEL)

Read this article about Nick Horner. How does the author feel about Nick Horner's conviction? How can you tell?

The author of this article offers 10 alternatives to prison. (If the link to the 10 alternatives doesn't work, try this.)Which of these alternatives do you think are workable? Which are not? Can you argue for why the current prison system is better than any of these alternatives?