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NCJ Number: 66152 Find in a Library
Title: DEATH PENALTY - CRUEL OR JUST PUNISHMENT?
Author(s): C COLBY
Corporate Author: Current Affairs Films
United States of America
Project Director: S HONEA
Date Published: 1980
Sponsoring Agency: Current Affairs Films
Ridgefield, CT 06877
Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: Current Affairs Films
P.O. Box 426
346 Ethan Allen Highway (Rt 7)
Ridgefield, CT 06877
United States of America

Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: DESIGNED FOR USE IN JUNIOR AND SENIOR HIGHS, AS WELL AS WITH ADULT AUDIENCES, THIS SOUND FILMSTRIP DISCUSSES THE VALUE OF CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IN RELATION TO JUSTICE AND DETERRENCE.
Abstract: THE CHIEF ARGUMENT FOR THE DEATH PENALTY IS BASED ON THE OLD IDEA OF AN 'EYE FOR AN EYE,' OR RETALIATORY JUSTICE. THE MURDERER'S JUST PENALTY IS DEATH. BY THE STANDARD OF RETALIATORY JUSTICE, A MERE PRISON SENTENCE IS UNFAIR TO THE VICTIM AND UNFAIR TO THE SACREDNESS OF HUMAN LIFE. THE COUNTERARGUMENT ON THE JUSTICE QUESTION IS THAT, WHATEVER THE THEORETICAL MERITS OF 'PROPORTIONATE' JUSTICE, THESE MERITS BREAK DOWN IN PRACTICE. THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM, ADMINISTERED BY A GREAT MANY DIFFERENT PEOPLE IN MANY DIFFERENT CIRCUMSTANCES, IS A SYSTEM OF MANY INEQUALITIES. FACTORS SUCH AS RACE, SOCIAL STATUS, ABILITY TO AFFORD A SKILLED LAWYER, AND GEOGRAPHIC LOCALE COUNT A GREAT DEAL IN THE PROCESS. TO USE THIS HIGHLY FLAWED SYSTEM TO TAKE A HUMAN LIFE IS UNJUST, AND FURTHER, IT IS IMMORAL BECAUSE WHILE MURDER IS WRONG, TO COMPOUND THAT ACT WITH JUDICIAL MURDER ADDS A SECOND WRONG. THE QUESTION OF DETERRENCE AS JUSTIFICATION FOR THE DEATH PENALTY IS OPEN TO DEBATE. EVIDENCE IS INCONCLUSIVE ON EITHER SIDE. THE FILMSTRIP PRESENTS THE DEATH PENALTY ISSUE FROM SEVERAL VIEWPOINTS, GIVES SOME BACKGROUND, AND ENDS WITH MATERIAL FOR AUDIENCE DISCUSSION. THE KIT CONTAINS A COLOR FILMSTRIP, AN AUDIO CASSETTE, AND A DISCUSSION GUIDE. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED--PRG)
Index Term(s): Audiovisual aids; Capital punishment; Cruel and unusual punishment; Deterrence; Judicial decisions; US Supreme Court
Note: *This document is currently unavailable from NCJRS. THE KIT CONTAINS A COLOR FILMSTRIP, AN AUDIOCASSETTE, AND 11 PAGE DISCUSSION GUIDE.
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