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The Death Penalty (Capital Punishment)


Japan and the United States are unique in that we are the only two advanced democracies in the world that permit capital punishment, or the death penalty, as a means of punishment for certain crimes, notably murder. (Treason is also punishable by death in the United States.)

Read the following PDF files which examine the pros (supporting arguments) and the cons (opposing arguments) for the death penalty.

BalancedPolitics.org – Death Penalty (Pros & Cons, Arguments For and Against, Advantages & Disadvantages)

Top 10 Pros and Cons – Death Penalty – ProCon.org

Become familiar with both sides of the argument (pro and con). Next session, we will divide the class into two teams and hold a debate on the issue. Which side of the argument you will take will be determined by lottery just before the debate, so know both sides well. During the debate, you will be allowed to use notes you prepare from the PDF sources, but not the sources themselves. Prepare for the debate yourself by taking brief notes BEFORE class. You will be allowed twenty minutes to organize and prepare with your debate team before we begin.

Below is a PDF file with some general rules and advice on debating that can help you.





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