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Do tough sentences in fact reduce crime? Should the death penalty be abolished? Why or why not? What states have already abolished it? What countries around the world still have the death penalty? What types of defendants has the Supreme Court said cannot receive capital punishment? What was their rationale? How does the Eighth Amendment affect sentencing with regards to capital punishment? Do you think the Eighth Amendment prohibits capital punishment? Why? Which costs more – life without parole or the death penalty? Explain your answers.