1)The criminal justice field can be very stressful. How do you handle stressful situations? How have you mentally prepared yourself for a stressful career in criminal justice? What advice would you offer your classmates about how to alleviate stress in a healthy way?
2) The United States is the only Western industrialized country that still utilizes the death penalty to punish offenders, and capital punishment remains one of the most controversial issues in criminal justice.
Review the following resource for arguments on both sides of the debate: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/execution/.
Of the five contemporary goals of sentencing discussed in the unit, which is the most appropriate to justify the use of the death penalty? Debate the ethics of the principle of “lex talionis” (an eye for an eye). Ensure that in your response you examine the ethics of sentencing offenders to death according to each of the ethical frameworks we examined in Week 1.