2nd Annual Essay Contest Sponsored by THE INLAND VALLEY CHAPTER of Death Penalty Focus
Execute Justice, Not People
“In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.” -Thurgood Marshall
The Fine Print…
1. You must be a Middle School, High School, Undergraduate or Graduate student in the state of California.
2. All submissions should be sent via e-mail or mail to Sharyn Webb
3. E-mailed submissions must be a word or PDF document. Email Subject: “Student Essay Contest.”
4. No essays will be accepted without an accompanying submission form.
5. Format: Typed, font size 12, double spaced
“In the fall of 2009…The American Law Institute, which created the intellectual framework for the modern capital justice system almost fifty years ago, pronounced it a failure… The institute is made up of 4,000 judges, lawyers and law professors.” New York Times, January 5, 2010 Many of our Supreme Court justices, law enforcement officers and prosecuting attorneys who once supported the death penalty have changed their minds. Polls show that two thirds of Californians now prefer life without parole over the death sentence.
Your essay should explore why our state must eliminate the death penalty and what the possible alternatives are.
It will be judged for clarity of writing, research, creativity, uniqueness of approach, persuasive arguments and adherence to rules and deadlines.
Any questions? Please call Sharyn at 909-392-0020
Student Essay Contest Winners – 2010 – Inland Valley Chapter
1st – Sara Eller
1st – Caycie Bradford