Essay Question Assignment
1. Explain the purposes or rationales for punishment and the arguments in favor of each rationale. Include a discussion about current trends in punishment.
2. The Eighth Amendment prohibits cruel and unusual punishment. Discuss the opinions in the following cases regarding the courts application of the prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment to the death penalty. Kennedy v. Louisiana (2008), Atkins v. Virginia (2002), Roper v. Simmons (2005).
3. Define, compare and contrast constructive, actual, mere and knowing possession. Be sure to provide an example of each.
4. What are strict liability crimes? Provide an example. What are some of the arguments for and against such crimes? Do you think there should or should not be strict liability crimes? Explain your position.