What Types of Punishment are Constitutional?

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How does society punish criminal behaviors, and what constitutes "cruel and unusual punishment"? This is a valuable conversation to have with your class members, and here you'll find a variety of resources to help support you in this process, including text from a magazine article titled Are Prisons Driving Prisoners Mad?, vocabulary, discussion prompts, and guidelines for having an organized debate.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Excellent opportunity for thoughtful discussion and/or writing assignment after reviewing purposes behind punishments (i.e. retribution, deterrence, rehabilitation, and incapacitation)
  • Involve a research component whereby learners discover how prison systems work in their area and any plans to alter or improve such systems
Classroom Considerations

  • Learners may require further guidance on how to research information to support their position in the debate
  • Sensitive topic that may be more appropriate for mature classes

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