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This site was designed principally by the Michigan State Communication Technology Laboratory, which has prepared a number of award-winning educational sites on other topics. Teacher educators in conjunction with practicing teachers, in the fields of social studies, history, and religion, worked together to develop the curriculum. Factual content was provided by the Death Penalty Information Center, a non-profit organization that conducts research on issues related to capital punishment. The Center utilized a broad spectrum of case decisions, news accounts, books, and scholarly journals in assembling the content. Funding for the project was provided by grants from the Soros Foundation and the Columbia Foundation.

We hope you will give us your feedback after using this curriculum and/or the Web site. It will be updated periodically to reflect both developments in the death penalty and suggestions for better ways of engaging students in this exploration.

The Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC), in conjunction with the Education Development Center, has also developed a free, online college-level curriculum on the death penalty, Capital Punishment in Context

For more information on either curriculum, contact DPIC's Curriculum Coordinator

You can reference this site for use in a research paper as follows:

  • Death Penalty Curricula for High School. 1 Nov 2001. Michigan State University Comm Tech Lab and Death Penalty Information Center. Date accessed <>.

Date accessed is the date on which you viewed the site.

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