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    Throughout this course, you have examined the relationships between race, class, gender, and the criminal justice system. One aspect that has been widely studied is the use of the death penalty. Since execution is the harshest possible penalty, and is not correctable, it is essential that it be fairly applied.

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    On the basis of the above readings, answer the following questions about capital cases:
    •Describe the roles of the judge and the jury in the sentencing process.
    •Compare and contrast the characteristics of men and women on death row. Discuss why there are fewer women on death row than men and explain the significance of this difference.
    •Discuss patterns of either "race of victim" or "race of defendant" discrimination in death penalty cases. Cite reliable data to support your points.
    •Analyze the impact of factors other than race or gender in the sentencing of death penalty cases. For instance, consider an offender's prior record and "aggravating circumstances."
    •Analyze the importance of the quality of the legal representation a defendant has in determining whether he or she will receive the death penalty.

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    n the basis of the above readings, answer the following questions about capital cases:
    •Describe the roles of the judge and the jury in the sentencing process

    The judge presides over the trial offering the jury instructions and guidance on what is legally acceptable in reference to convicting a defendant. In reference to the judge, judges are responsible for sentencing defendants in accordance with guidelines, options, etc. It's the judge's responsibility to ensure that the jury understands their role in the conviction process and that they adhere to the guidelines as established by legislative rules.

    •Compare and contrast the characteristics of men and women on death row. Discuss why there are fewer women on death row than men and explain the ...

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    Crime trends are examined.

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