There are a lot of great resources available for researching the death penalty. We like the Death Penalty Curricula for High School site and the Death Penalty Information Center for up-to-date, objective information and resources. You’ll also find an excellent list of ‘Tough Questions’ for abolishionists on the Equal Justice USA website.
We recommend the Death Penalty Information Center’s fact sheet, which is updated on a weekly basis. We also recommend exploring the DPIC site to find information about capital punishment in other countries, costs of the death penalty, and related issues including innocence and clemency, mental illness, and race.
The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty has an interactive map that shows death penalty statistics state by state, in addition to other resources.
To develop your own opinion about the death penalty, we recommend looking at all sides of the issue. Read arguments for and against the death penalty, talk to your classmates, and discuss the issue with your friends and family members. You may find it’s a lot easier to form an opinion of your own after weighing the facts and information and listening to the perspectives of others. Taking part in the Dead Man Walking School Theatre Project will also help you form an opinion, as the play takes you to all sides of the issue and explores them deeply.
The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty has a list of state-based organizations that oppose the death penalty. Visit http://www.ncadp.org/map, click your state on the map to see a summary of capital punishment in your state and then click the Read More button to discover how to connect to your local state organization.
I’m interested in talking to students in other communities about their views on the death penalty. How can I do this?
You can ask questions and share your personal reflections with other students on the Dead Man Walking School Theatre Project Facebook page or share photos with us via Instagram. If you’re interested in a video conference with other students, please contact National Coordinator Rachael Hudak at 312-362-5573 or email email@example.com.
You can email Sister Helen at firstname.lastname@example.org. Note that Sr. Helen receives a huge amount of correspondence and can rarely respond to individual requests. If you’d like to hear Sr. Helen speak, you’ll find a calendar of speaking engagements on her website. You can also follow Sr. Helen via her Facebook page.