AP US GOVernment and Politics
What state has had the most executions since capital punishment was reinstated in 1976?*
How accurate was your prediction?
Describe one geographical pattern you see in this map?
What do you think explains that pattern?
What portion of Americans favor the death penalty?
Why do you think that is the case?
How do you think public opinion on the death penalty varies by political party? (see below)
How do you think public opinion on the death penalty varies by Age, race, and gender? (see below)
Do you personally favor the death penalty ?
What trend do you see in the number of executions in the US?
What is one explanation for that trend?
Based on public opinion and the trend in the total number of executions, would you say that the number of executions is based on public opinion on this issue?
Was the death penalty a big issue in the 2016 presidential election?
In Furman v. Georgia in 1972 the supreme court ruled that capital punishment was unconstitutional. Upon what portion of the U.S. Constitution did they base their ruling?
In 1976, in Gregg V. Georgia the Supreme court overturned the precedent set in Furman v. Georgia and ruled the death penalty constitutional, in certain cases. Is the Supreme Court allowed to overturn their own precedent?
If you were opposed to the Gregg V. Georgia decision and wanted to outlaw the death penalty, what legal and constitutional steps could you take to make this happen?
Based on all the data from the chart above, do you imagine the death penalty will be legal in 2020?
How does the use of capital punishment in the U.S. Compare to other countries? (see Below)
What is most surprising about any of this information?