sentencing appeals and the death penalty

Read the Crime Story in Chapter 9 about Jerry Sandusky.

1. Do you agree with the sentence imposed on Sandusky? Why or why not?

2. What factors do you believe influenced the judge’s sentence?

3. What about Sandusky’s claim of innocence?

4. What about the conspirators in the Sandusky scandal–Spanier, Schultz, and Curley? If found guilty, what sentence should be imposed in each of their cases? Defend your answer.

Read the Crime Story in Chapter 11 about Albert Woodfox, Herman Wallace, and solitary confinement.

5. Should prison officials be allowed to place inmates in solitary confinement? If yes, what criteria should be used in making that decision? If no, why not?

6. Should inmates be able to challenge their placement in solitary confinement? If yes, what due process rights should be granted? If not, why not?

7. Should there be a limit to the amount of time that an inmate spends in solitary confinement? If yes, what should that limit be? If not, why not?

8. Should inmates be released back into society following a long stay in solitary confinement? If yes, should they receive any special assistance? If yes, what? If they should not be released back into society following a long stay in solitary confinement, then what alternatives do you suggest?

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