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The gender gap in capital punishment attitudes: An analysis of support and opposition

  • John T. Whitehead
  • Michael B. Blankenship
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Abstract

This study examines the gender gap in attitudes toward the death penalty, including attention to global versus specific measures. The study is based on a survey in Tennessee of attitudes toward crime and criminal justice. Specifically, the study examines male and female global attitudes, attitudes toward a life without parole option, reasons that supporters and opponents give for their views, and how specific factors might change the level of support for or opposition to capital punishment. Although majorities of both genders favor capital punishment, important differences exist. Implications are discussed.

Keywords

Death Penalty Restorative Justice Death Sentence Innocent Person Capital Punishment Attitude 
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© Southern Criminal Justice Association 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Criminal Justice & CriminologyEast Tennessee State UniversityJohnson City

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