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Thesis: More Should Be Done To Reform The United States Prison System
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... violence C. Socializing with society 1. “Outta Joint” picnic a) clown b) puppet show c) political-satire performance d) eight bands 2. “Lifer’s Banquet” a) 33 convicts and 49 invited guests b) catered prime rib D. Vocational training 1. Charles Logan quote a) treatment not effective in rehabilitation E. Hilleary Van quote 1. unsensible to provide luxuries to criminals that many citizens can’t afford III. EARLY RELEASE A. Overcrowding B. Repeat appeals 1. death-row cases take up to 20 years to finish 2. since 1976, 50 death-row inmates have been released C. Juvenile punishment 1. Craig Price, a ...

Capital Punishment
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... 11). It was believed that the new harnessed power of electricity would prove to be a more scientific and humane means of execution. The first electrocution took place in New York in 1890. In the past, capital crimes were much different than they are now. Robbery and the selling of alcohol to underage customers was a serious capital crime (McCuen and Baumgart 21). Rape was also a crime where the criminal was sentenced to death. In America, only thirty-seven states authorize the death penalty. In most of those thirty-seven states, murder is the only capital crime. The Supreme Court requires that two conditions must be met in order for a specific murd ...

Speeding Tickets As A Form Of Discipline
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... judge can be very close to a death sentence. The wait is long, and the company can be frightening. Once you have plead your case, you generally end up paying the excessively large fine. This only leads to another line, and another wait. This has to be the most unpleasant part of a speeding ticket. In addition, paying for traffic school is also a disagreeable experience. If you waited to see the judge, you may be on your way after paying the fine. If the judge is kind, and offers a traffic school option, the unpleasantness continues. Usually the traffic school is no where near to the courthouse, which causes you to search to find the it. The great experience of p ...

Divorce Litigation
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... of some wrong, such as adultery or abandonment, done by the defendant to the plaintiff. In the past, almost every state divorce law required the plaintiff to prove one of a number of recognized grounds for divorce, included adultery and desertion, even when both spouses wanted the divorce. The divorce system also required that the plaintiff be without fault, and therefore a variety of fault-based defenses were recognized. By the mid-20th century most state legislatures had recognized one or more no-fault grounds for divorce, usually consisting of a substantial period during which the spouses had lived separate and apart. However, even these few no ...

Gun Control - A Firing Issue
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... facts, though, the arguments of gun control advocates seem irrelevant and it becomes clear that guns should not be controlled. Gun ownership by private citizens is protected under the 2nd Amendment. It states that “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” The forefathers of our country meant for the people to own and use firearms, and any law or control on that right would be unconstitutional. Gun control activists essentially believe the Second Amendment guarantees only to its militia the right of arms, but the “Gun control proponents have yet to iden ...

Against Gun Control
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... general level of gun ownership.(3) A thorough review of 18 studies of the effects of gun availability among potential victims and criminals found that the overall effect on criminal violence was zero.(4) In one study, researchers found no significant differences in total robbery rates between cities where guns were widely available and cities where they were not; in cities with fewer firearms, armed robbers simply used other weapons.(5)The best available evidence, based on at least eight national surveys of the general adult population, indicates that guns are used about as often for defensive as for criminal purposes.6 The experience of other nations also provides ...

The Effects Of Race On Sentencing In Capital Punishment Cases
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... imposed "freakishly' and ‘wantonly" and "most often on blacks." Several years later in Gregg v. Georgia, 428 U.S. 153 (1976), the Supreme Court decided, with efficient controls, the death penalty could be used constitutionally. Yet, even with these various controls, the system does not effectively eliminate racial bias. According to Professor Steven Goldstein of Florida State University, "There are so many discretionary stages: whether the prosecutor decides to seek the death penalty, whether the jury recommends it, whether the judge gives it" (As cited in Smolowe, 1991, 68). It is in these discretionary stages that racial biases can infect the system of de ...

The Prohibition
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... of the Eighteenth Amendment, the National Prohibition Act, or the Volstead Act, as it was called because of its author, Andrew J. Volstead, was put into effect. This determined intoxicating liquor as anything having an alcoholic content of anything more than 0.5 percent, omitting alcohol used for medicinal and sacramental purposes. This act also set up guidelines for enforcement (Bowen, 154). Prohibition was meant to reduce the consumption of alcohol, seen by some as the devil’s advocate, and thereby reduce crime, poverty, death rates, and improve the economy and the quality of life. “National prohibition of alcohol -- the ‘noble experiment’ -- was undertaken to re ...

Should Marijuana Be Legalized?
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... marijuana can cause you to loose your memory. Marijuana has many psychological and physical effects. People usually smoke marijuana in cigarettes or pipes, but it also can be mixed with food and beverages. Short-term effects of marijuana include both psychological and physical reactions. These reactions usually last for three to five hours after a person has smoked marijuana. The psychological reaction, known as a high consists of changes in the users feelings and thoughts. Such changes are caused mainly by THC. The effects of a marijuana high vary from person to person and from one time to another in the same individual. In most cases, the high consists of a dream ...

Decriminalization Vs. Prohibition
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... right thing. I said no to my friends, which is a very hard decision to make at that age. I was not going to be one of those sad cases, where my life is wasted away. I was not going to be a crazed addict, who would stop at nothing to get a hit. I was not going to be dodging the law my whole life. I was going to be everything I wanted to be, and drugs were definitely not going to get in the way. I promised myself I would not end up like Jimi Hendrix, or Janis Joplin, both found dead after overdoses, because I had the power to say no. I had read stories and seen news flashes about the side effects of some drugs. I had read newspaper articles about people in ...

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