Abortion, Gun Control, Suicide, and Capital Punishment: Prisoners on Life

Norma Wilcox, Wright State University
Tracey Steele, Wright State University

ABSTRACT
This research seeks to examine the extent to which demographic and social characteristics of prison inmates predict a prolife stance on a variety of social issues. For the purposes of this research, a pro-life stance is defined as a personal orientation in which individuals seek to protect and prolong rather than shorten or end the life of another. The pro-life scale is comprised of measures of inmate support for capital punishment, assisted suicide, abortion, and gun control. Data collected from 309 male inmates housed in a close-security prison in southwest Ohio indicate that several variables incuding religiosity, ethnicity, education, and masculintiy predict pro-life attitudes.

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