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CRITICAL ANALYSIS ASSIGNMENT #2

All Critical Analysis assignments are due at the beginning of class on the due dates specified
below. All assignments must be typed and be your own original and independent work. A grade of A, A-, or B+
will be awarded for assignments turned in on time, fully completed, well written, typed, containing appropriate
grammar and spelling, containing thoughtful and pertinent information, displaying creativity, and where it is
evident that considerable effort was expended completing the assignment. A grade of B, B-, or C+ will be
awarded for assignments lacking one or more of the elements listed above. A grade of C or lower will be
assigned for assignments turned in late and lacking many of the elements listed above AND for assignments
turned in on time but lacking most of the elements listed above. Assignments turned in after class on the
scheduled due date will be assessed a grade reduction of five points. An additional five-point grade reduction
will be assessed for every day the assignment is late. A grade of 0 will be awarded to assignments not received
within one week of the assignment due date. All assignments turned in late will be assessed the appropriate
grade reduction. The only exceptions to this policy include personal or medical emergencies, such as, a death in
the family or an emergency hospital visit involving you or a close family member. Some examples of
“emergencies” that will not be excused and will result in a grade reduction include, computer problems, car
trouble, work-related issues, sickness but no doctor’s note, and scheduled doctor visits and/or surgeries.
All critical analysis assignments must be submitted as a paper, hard copy. You may print out a copy of
your assignment and turn it into me by bringing it to class on the scheduled due date (or prior to the scheduled
due date) or by sliding a copy of your assignment under my office door (Pearsons Hall, Room 204) prior to the
start of class on the scheduled due date.

Critical Analysis Assignment #2 (Worth 42 points)


Due Date: Consult your Course Syllabus
Boyd Robert Maples
A. Visit the following website: www.deathpenaltyinfo.org and answer the following questions: (20 points)
1. How many people are currently on death row in the U.S.? 2,743
2. How many people have been executed in the U.S. in 2018 to date? 18
3. How many people are currently on death row in the state of Missouri? 25
4. Which state in the U.S. currently has the largest death row population? California
5. How many individuals have been executed under the jurisdiction of the federal government since
1976? 1483
6. List the top 5 states with the highest number of total executions since 1976. Make sure to list the
5 states in order beginning with the state that has carried out the most executions since 1976 and
ending with the state that has carried out the fifth most executions since 1976. Texas, Virginial,
Oklahoma, Florida, Missouri.
7. What is the minimum age for death eligibility in the U.S.? In other words, in order to be
executed for a crime in the U.S., how old must the criminal defendant have been at the time
he/she committed his/her crime? 18 years old.
8. How many “death penalty states” (i.e. states with the death penalty) did not execute anyone in
2017? The term “death penalty state” refers to states that currently have death penalty
statutes, meaning the death penalty is currently a possible criminal sanction in the state. 22
9. When did the last execution by firing squad take place? 2010
10. How many people were executed in the state of Missouri in 2017? One.
11. What do you think the future of capital punishment in the U.S. will look like? Explain your
answer in detail and justify your answer based on information you viewed on the website you
visited. Given the general trend of a decline in the use of the death penalty since the late 90s
and early 2000s, I think death sentencing will continue to fall out of favor, but will be kept
around to deal with people that really need to die.
12. You must list the day and month you visited the Death Penalty Information Center’s website to
retrieve your information. The answers to some of the questions posed in this assignment may
vary depending on the date the information was obtained. In order for me to grade your
assignment accurately and fairly, I will need to know the day and month you visited the website.
Failure to provide this above information will result in a grade reduction for the assignment.
October 27, 2018.

B. Complete Review Exercise 8.1 which can be found on Moodle. Answer the three questions following all
three criminal events described in Review Exercise 8.1 and turn them in with this assignment. (Note:
Avoid responding to the questions posed in Exercise 8.1 with simple “yes” or “no” answers. Be sure to
explain each of your responses thoroughly. It should be clear what thought process you engaged in
when making your decisions about how to handle each of the four criminal events described in the
exercise). (12 points)

C. Read the excerpt about Chuck Terry (the excerpt can be found under the “Handouts” link on the Moodle
page for this course) Put yourself in the Chuck Terry’s position (shoes) and discuss what it might feel
like to be arrested, booked, and incarcerated in jail. Describe in detail what thoughts, feelings, and
emotions you might experience if you were in the same position as Chuck Terry, the individual who
wrote the excerpt. (Note: Your response must be at least 5 sentences in length, and it should be clear
from reading your response to C that you really tried to imagine what the experience of being arrested,
booked, and incarcerated would feel like to you if you were in Chuck Terry’s position). (10 points)

If I were in his position, being locked of for heroin dealing while simultaneously being forced go cold
turkey, I can only imagine that as an immensely unpleasant experience. I suppose that it would not be
surprising that I was arrested for dealing, so I would be feeling an irritated resignation at my situation,
along with no small amount of fear of jail time. Apart from all of the feeling of dehumanization would
probably be there too. To you, this is a significant life event that will severely impact your life from that
point forward, but to the people doing the arresting this is just another smack addict you pulled of the
streets. The only thing that could make this situation worse for me is the knowledge that my withdrawal
is only going to get worse, and it is probably a bad idea to ask someone for heroin inside a prison.