Fear of Crime and Attitudes Toward Rehabilitation and Death Penalty Opinion

John T. Whitehead, East Tennessee State University
David Holleran, Georgia State University

This paper will examine the relationship of fear of crime and attitudes toward rehabilitation with death penalty opinion. Approximately 200 persons in one area of a southern state were polled. Death penalty items included an overall measure, measures about the death penalty for juveniles and for mentally retarded defendants, and an item about life without the possibility of parole. Results will be compared to previous studies such as Moon, Wright, Cullen & Pealer (2000).

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