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UEQ : What factors contribute to lawlessness and what has the United States done to combat crime?
Definition: Conduct that is prohibited and has a specific punishment Categories: Violent –account for about 10% Does harm or threatens harm to another: rape, murder, assault, theft with a weapon Non-violent – make up the other 90% Doesn’t use physical harm: burglary, identity theft, vandalism, etc.
Poverty 12.7 % of the US lives under the poverty line 2003 - $18,810 for a family of four; $14,680 for a family of three; $12,015 for a family of two; and $9,393 for an individual Unemployment Firearms 200 million handguns, rifles and shotguns. Can be bought illegally easily Hard to get rid of because of 2 nd amendment
Drugs 6.1 % using marijuana (14.6 million) .8% use cocaine .4% use hallucinogens .1% heroin
Gun Control Act of 1968 Passed when Robert Kennedy and MLK Jr. were assassinated Limits gun ownership severely Nobody under 18 unless parents consent No felons, fugitives, addicted to substances, subject to restraining order, etc. Brady Handgun Provision (1993) added the national background check Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act (1994) Outlawed the sale of semi-automatic weapons. Allowed to expire in 2004
8 th Amendment declares that cruel and unusual punishment can not be used against criminals Capital Punishment – AKA Death Penalty (64% of people favor it!) Furman vs. Georgia overturns most death penalty cases for being cruel and unusual 38 states still allow it Georgia (lethal injection) – 107 on D.R. Texas – 373 on D.R. Executed the most people in 2007 with 26 Alabama – chair or injection – 203 on D.R.
On the back of your notes, write 2 paragraphs. Each should be at least 5 good sentences. Your goal is to convince me that the death sentence is either good or bad. First paragraph should explain why your side is right. Second paragraph should explain why “their” side is wrong.