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Title: Capital Punishment (Point/Counterpoint)
Publisher: Chelsea House Pub (L)
Binding: Library Binding
Book Condition: New
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Each book in this series offers all the statutes, legal opinions, and studies a student needs to structure a cohesive argument on a given controversial topic. Issues are presented from multiple points of view; sidebars cite law and opinions to aid in critical analysis; paratextual questions encourage reader engagement; and all sources are fully documented and grouped by the side of the argument. Explores the debates surrounding the death penalty: Is the state ever justified in taking a human life? How severe must a crime be to warrant the death penalty? Is capital punishment an effective deterrent to crime?From School Library Journal:
Grade 9 Up-This volume is different from the "Opposing Viewpoints" or "Current Controversies" series (both Greenhaven) in that the arguments are set forth by a single author. Marzilli examines three debate topics, providing a point and counterpoint position for each one: Is the death penalty an effective deterrent to crime? Is it too easy to convict and execute people? Is capital punishment a just process? The author uses case studies for clarification and successfully weaves Supreme Court decisions regarding these matters into the discussions. Key figures involved in the fight against capital punishment, such as Jesse Jackson and Sister Helen Prejean, are introduced. The excellent inquiry questions placed throughout should ensure that readers will do some serious thinking and further research. Charts, graphs, and excerpts from court decisions enhance the presentation. Libraries owning Mary E. Williams's Capital Punishment (2000), Hayley R. Mitchell's The Death Penalty (2001), and Roman Espejo's Does Capital Punishment Deter Crime? (2002, all Greenhaven) may not need this title.
Joanne K. Cecere, Monroe-Woodbury High School, Central Valley, NY
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