Crime and Punishment – KQ6 – Enquiry – Has the way we catch and punish criminals improved in the last 100 years?

Having analysed a graph showing the way the prison population has risen so dramatically over the last 75 years, pupils speculate as to why that might be before ranking some possible reasons.  They then learn about new crimes before preparing for a concluding class debate between the optimists and the pessimists as to whether the way we catch and punish criminals is really getting better.

Has the way we catch and punish criminals improved that much in the last 100 years?  Do you think it is likely to get better or worse?

Having completed this enquiry pupils should be able to:

  • interpret data from a line graph and then raise questions to investigate independently;
  • describe at least three new types of crime associated with the late 20th and 21st century;
  • speculate as to possible reasons for the rise and fall in the crime rate, using prior knowledge and awareness of contemporary issues;
  • offer at least 2 valid reasons for the rise in prison population.

Step 1

Pupils look at a slow reveal of a graph (slide 2 of the PowerPoint presentation), showing the increase in prison numbers and speculate as to why that might be?  Discuss with pupils what the

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