Manifestations of Victim Restoration in the Texas Death Chamber

Stephen K. Rice, University of Florida
Danielle Dirks, University of Florida

Despite the longstanding research tradition looking at administration of the death penalty jurisprudentially, extant work has only begun to examine such punishment within the framework of "emotionally intelligent justice." Using data on executed inmates from Texas for the period late 1982 through early 2004, this study examines the manner in which starkly personal pronouncements (e.g., remorse, admission of guilt, defiance) manifest in the execution chamber. Multivariate logistic regression models suggest that the incorporation of restorative justice principles influences redemptive emotions in offenders. Implications for future research are addressed.

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