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To Execute or Not to Execute?

Title: To Execute or Not to Execute?: Examining Public Support for Capital Punishment of Sex Offenders.
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Name(s): Mancini, Christina, author
Mears, Daniel P., author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Date Issued: 2010-09-01
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: In the 1990s, states enacted a plethora of new “get tough” laws targeting sex crime. These included extending the death penalty—a punishment typically reserved for murderers—to convicted sex offenders. Little attention, however, has been given to explaining why these tougher responses emerged and, in particular, whether the public supported extending the use of the death penalty to sex offenders. The goal of this paper was to examine whether public perceptions about executing sex offenders accorded with the punitive shift in policy and, more broadly, to contribute to scholarship on the death penalty. To this end, this paper examined data from a 1991 national public opinion poll, conducted just prior to the punitive shift in sex crime policies. The study found that views about executing sex offenders depended heavily on whether the victim was a child, that support for executing sex offenders was substantially lower than for executing murderers, and that few social and demographic divides differentially predicted support for executing sex offenders versus murderers. Implications of the study are discussed.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1464279945 (IID), 10.1016/j.jcrimjus.2010.06.013 (DOI)
Publication Note: This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/ The publisher's version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jcrimjus.2010.06.013
Preferred Citation: Mancini, Christina, and Daniel P. Mears. 2010. “To Execute or Not to Execute? Examining Public Support for Capital Punishment of Sex Offenders.” Journal of Criminal Justice 38(5):959-968.
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1464279945
Host Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: Journal of Criminal Justice.
Issue: iss. 5, vol. 38

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Mancini, C., & Mears, D. P. (2010). To Execute or Not to Execute?: Examining Public Support for Capital Punishment of Sex Offenders. Journal Of Criminal Justice. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1464279945