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Crime and Punishment: Critical Thinking ExerciseCollege & Career Success Connection(s):Chapter 11Learning Outcome(s):Students will understand how to apply critical thinking skills to a scenario.Time Needed:30 minutesPrerequisites:NoneMaterials Needed:One copy of the Critical Thinking Worksheet: Crime and Punishment (attached) for each student.One copy of the Crime and Punishment handout for each student.Introductory Activity:This critical thinking exercise is based on a current news article in which a young woman was arrested for selling $400worth of heroin to an undercover police officer in 1974. She was sentenced to a 10-20 year prison term, but escapedafter 8 months. She was caught 34 years later in 2008. She had become a model citizen with 3 children that she hadraised as model citizens. She was returned to Michigan to complete her jail sentence. Her family and friends petitionedthe governor for clemency. The details are described in the exercise, Crime and Punishment.Describe this situation to the class. Tell the class that they will be suing their critical thinking skills to look for a solution tothis problem. Review the concept that critical thinking involves looking at a problem from many points of view.Core Activities:Distribute one copy of the Critical Thinking Worksheet: Crime and Punishment and one copy of the Crime andPunishment handout to each student.

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