Gurney Conversions or Genuine Contrition: Expressions of Remorse in Death Row Inmates

Leo G. Barrile, Bloomsburg University
Neal Slone, Bloomsburg University
Pamela Donovan, Bloomsburg University

The last statements of over two hundred cases of inmates who were executed in Texas from 1986 to the present form the data for this paper. We have identified two types of remorse in the last statements, one is a "reparative remorse" the other is a "restrictive remorse". This paper elaborates on these conceptual categories and their relationship to factors such as race of the offender, relationship to the victim, gender of the victim, presence of witnesses at the execution, and length of time on death row.

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