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This article discusses the death penalty in financial terms. As our country is facing an economic crisis, some people have started to use financial statistics to argue for the elimination of the death penalty.


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Learning Objects Death Penalty Financial Cost



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Curriki Rating
On a scale of 0 to 3
On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2011-05-28.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 2
Appropriate Pedagogy: 0

Reviewer Comments:

This resource is an interesting article from msnbc that examines that costs of the death penalty. It could be used in the classroom in a variety of ways. For example, it could be read aloud with opportunities for discussion, a worksheet with questions could be created, or as a reference during a debate on the death penalty. It is recommended that it be used in conjunction with other articles in order to provide students with all of the perspectives on the issue.
Dustin Rodgers
May 29, 2011
This article is great when trying to dispel the idea that it is cheaper to kill people than it is to keep them in jail. I think a lot of…
Joe Dickens
May 26, 2011
The article you have provided is extremely useful in the classroom. Firstly it steers away from the exhausting argument of morality, which in many cases cannot be settled. In this…

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