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

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

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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