Racial Differences in Perceptions Regarding the Deterrent Effects of the Death Penalty Among Criminology and Criminal Justice Students

Melisa S. Anders, Florida State University

This study will attempt to examine the relationship between perception and knowledge concerning the deterrent effects of the death penalty among minority criminology and criminal justice (CRCJ) students in comparison to their majority CRCJ counterparts. The study will first attempt to determine whether there is an opinion difference between minority and non-minority CRCJ students. Finally, an attempt to ascertain whether their level of knowledge is the same will be endeavored. The data in this study were obtained from a sample of both minority and non-minority CRCJ undergraduates and graduates attending a large state university in north Texas.

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