Death Penalty Online Scavenger Hunt

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Death Penalty Online Scavenger HuntAn online activity for students to learn more about the death penaltyDesigned by Laura W. Ramey 2006 and adapted by Catholic Mobilizing Network in 2010Find the answers to as many of the following questions as you can:The Death Penalty in Your State: From your state’s Department of Corrections Website (if your statedoes not use the death penalty, please use another state’s information to answer the followingquestions)1. How many total inmates are on your state’s death row?2. How many women are on your state’s death row?3. What percentage of your state’s death row inmates are:a. Black?b. White?c. Hispanic?d. Other?4. Find the total percentage of populations in your state for those same racial/ethnic groups:a. Black?b. White?c. Hispanic?d. Other?5. What age group has the highest percentage of people on death row in your state (and howmany)?6. In which year did your state condemn the most people to death?7. Which county in your state has the highest percentage of people on death row? And how many?8. (extra credit) Which county has the highest per capita number of people on death row? (Note,this question requires looking up the population in each respective county)9. How many people condemned to death have currently had their death sentences overturnedand are awaiting retrials?10. How much does it cost to house an inmate on death row for a year in your state?

Death Penalty Online Scavenger Hunt11. When did your state return the use of the death penalty after it was reinstated by the U.S.Supreme Court?12. Who was the first inmate executed in your state after the death penalty?13. What method(s) of execution is(are) used in your state?14. How many People have been executed in your state since 1976?15. How many witnesses are allowed at an execution in your state?Across the US: From the Death Penalty Information Center ‘s website (www.deathpenaltyinfo.org)16. How much does it cost to keep an inmate on death row until execution compared to keeping thesame prisoner in prison until his/her natural death? Explain why one would cost more than theother?17. How many prisoners on death row have been released because of actual innocence in theUnited States?18. Which state has released the most number of prisoners from death row because of actualinnocence?19. In one sentence, describe the implications of the Supreme Court ruling in Furman v. Georgia,1972:20. In one sentence, describe the implications of the Supreme Court Ruling in Gregg v. Georgia,1976:21. What significant action was taken by Governor George Ryan in Illinois in January, 2000? InJanuary 2003?22. In one sentence, describe the implications of the Supreme Court ruling in McCleskey v. Kemp,1987:

Death Penalty Online Scavenger Hunt23. In one sentence, describe the implications of the Supreme court ruling on Ring v. Arizona, 2002:24. In one sentence, describe the implications of the Supreme Court ruling on Atkins v. Virginia,2002:25. In one sentence, describe the implications of the Supreme Court ruling on Roper v. Simmons,2004:26. What is the definition of clemency, as it pertains to capital punishment? Who grants clemency inyour state? When was the last time clemency was granted in your state?From Murder Victims’ Families for Human Rights www.mvfhr.org, Murder Victims Families’ forReconciliation www.mvfr.org, and Parents of Murdered Children www.pomc.org:27. Find the profiles/victims’ stories from MVFHR and write down at least two reasons familiesindentify their opposition to the death penalty28. What are the two key reasons why MVFR does not support the use of the death penalty? Explain29. According to POMC, what are three key problems that families with murdered children face?ExplainFrom Pro-Death Penalty – www.prodeathpenalty.com30. In your opinion, what is the strongest argument this group (prodeathpenalty.com) has tosupport the use of the death penalty? Explain

Death Penalty Online Scavenger HuntPeople, Places, and Things IdentificationIdentify the following people and their significance to the issue of the death penalty (make sure toindicate the source of your .44.45.46.47.Stanley “Tookie” WilliamsState of TexasSister Helen PrejeanMike FarrellRolando CruzJoseph O’DellAnthony PorterBud WelchJustice Antonin ScaliaThe Innocence ProjectPope John Paul IIScott TurowJames E. TiltonMichael MoralesKevin KeithJuan MelendezTeresa LewisThe Catholic Faith and the Death Penalty: From the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops(www.usccb.org/deathpenalty and http://www.usccb.org/catechism/text/)48. What does the Catechism of the Catholic Church say about the Death Penalty (hint: CCC 2267)?In one sentence explain how this teaching applies in the United States today.49. Which Papal Encyclical includes teachings on the Death Penalty? Who wrote it?50. Overall, does the Catholic Church support or oppose the death penalty in the United States?Why?

Death Penalty Online Scavenger HuntDiscussion Questions1. Why do we use the Death Penalty2. How does the Eight Amendment probation against “cruel and unusual punishments” impact thequestion of the death penalty? What might have motivated the Founding Fathers to include thisprohibition in the Bill of Rights?3. Do you agree or disagree with the argument that Life without parole achieves the same goals asthe death penalty?4. As a juror, would you hesitate to convict someone if there was a possibility that he could beexecuted?5. What is the best method of execution? Why?6. Why do you suppose the US is almost alone among industrialized democracies in the use of thedeath penalty?

Death Penalty Online Scavenger Hunt 23. In one sentence, describe the implications of the Supreme court ruling on Ring v. Arizona, 2002: 24. In one sentence, describe the implications of the Supreme Court ruling on Atkins v. Virginia, 2002: 25. In one sentence, describe the implications of the Supreme Court ruling on Roper v. Simmons, 2004: 26.

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