PowerPoints The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Boring, Generic Titlethat is positioned weirdly • I am writing down possibly everything I can say about this slide resulting in me reading all of it out loud, because I must think no one in the class can read it for themselves. Also, this way I don’t have to think about what I need to say, and I don’t have to make any eye contact. • Since I’m writing about everything, I need to use a really tiny font to cram everything into this slide. • I think it’s a waste to use any kind of meaningful images or charts because it takes too much time to search for or create them. However, I might add a picture so it looks like I tried. I’ll just stick it anywhere. (Maybe I’ll get extra points for the puppy.) • I think if I use a really fancy font or a really colorful font it will seem like I put more effort into this than I really did. I might use a color that is too hard to read. • But I don’t care if no one can actually read it.That way, they won’t notice • that I just copied and pasted stuff from the Internet. (Why is there • An extra bullet?? Why is “An” capitalized? Oh, well.) • Could this possibly get more lame?
The Cost of Death Vs. Life • 70% more than the cost of a comparable non-death penalty case • 48% more than the average cost of trials in which prosecutors seek life imprisonment • cost 3 times more than non-death penalty cases
What you would say: Recent studies on the costs of death row show that it is far costlier than a life sentence. According to the Kansas Legislative Post, a 2003 legislative audit in Kansas found that the estimated cost of a death penalty case was 70% more than the cost of a comparable non-death penalty case. Death penalty case costs were counted through to execution (median cost $1.26 million). Non-death penalty case costs were counted through to the end of incarceration (median cost $740,000).The Urban Institute reported that in Tennessee, death penalty trials cost an average of 48% more than the average cost of trials in which prosecutors seek life imprisonment.In Maryland death penalty cases cost 3 times more than non-death penalty cases, or $3 million for a single case.In Californiain 2008, the system costs $137 million per year; it would cost $11.5 million for a system without the death penalty.