Complete Exercise 1 and Exercise 2 to prepare for your tutorial speaking assessment.
Exercise 1: Death Penalty Reading List
Choose at least two (from different lists) of these readings in addition to the readings you were given by your teacher. Use the questions below to guide your reading and tutorial preparation.
Overview: For and Against
- Should the death penalty be banned as a form of punishment? - Yes/no points for banning death penalty in America
- Pros & Cons of the Death Penalty
- Why The Death Penalty In America Is Sexist
- Death Penalty Worldwide- Cornell University Law School website, with extensive country-by-country facts.
- Death penalty if Boston bombings suspect convicted? - Recent news over the Boston bombings suspect.
- Bali Drug Traffickers on death row
- Stanley Williams- Stanley "Tookie" Williams was a gang leader and murderer sentenced to death, but changed his life, wrote books and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
- Troy Davis- Famous case in Georgia, USA, where the convict claimed his innnocence right up until his execution.
- The Daily Caller: "N.C. death row inmate taunts, 'Kill me if you can, suckers'" - Recent case which made world news headlines
- Guilt, innocence and the American way- About the politics surrounding the death penalty in Florida
- Little opposition to death penalty in Japan
- Japanese man freed after 45 years on death row as court orders retrial
- Glenn Ford- death row conviction overturned after 30 years
- The death penalty in Asia in 2009 - Summary by Amnesty International
- Death sentences and executions in 2009 - Amnesty International report on executions around the world in 2009
- Gallup Poll on Death Penalty in US
- Summary of Surveys on Death Penalty in US
- Report on who supports death penalty in US
- Wikipedia: Capital Punishment in Australia- Public Opinion Australian Public Opinion on Death Penalty
- Deterrence Study 2009 - Opinions of criminologists (jump to appendix for survey results)
Exercise 2: Death penalty in your country
Do some research, on English websites or in your own language, on the situation about the death penalty in your country.
Use these questions to guide you.
Facts and statistics
- What is the current law in your country for capital punishment?
- Who was the most recent execution?
- What kind of crimes attract the death penalty?
- What methods are used for execution?
- How many times per year is it carried out? Can you find annual statistics?
- How many people are currently on death row? What were their crimes? How many are women? How many are foreigners?
- What famous cases are there?
- Are there any aspects of these cases which would support or oppose the death penalty?
- Do most people support or oppose capital punishment? Are there any differences based on age, gender, education, religion, etc? Can you find any statistical breakdown?
- Is there an abolition movement or spokesperson, such as a politician, celebrity or religious leader? Do they have much popular support?