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NCJ Number: 120013 Find in a Library
Title: Death Penalty for Juveniles: An Assessment of Public Support
Journal: Crime and Delinquency  Volume:35  Issue:4  Dated:special issue (October 1989)  Pages:546-561
Author(s): S E Skovron; J E Scott; F T Cullen
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 16
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The United States is one of the few nations that permits the execution of offenders for murders committed while under the age of 18.
Abstract: The juvenile death penalty has received considerable media and public attention both nationally and internationally. Yet despite the extensive literature on public attitudes toward the death penalty, little research exists on public attitudes toward the juvenile death penalty. This article examines attitudes toward this penalty, using data collected in a telephone survey of two midwestern cities. A substantial majority of those surveyed opposed the death penalty for juveniles above the age of 14 convicted of murder. The implications of these findings are discussed. 4 tables, 12 endnotes, 7 cases, 33 references. (Author abstract)
Main Term(s): Juvenile capital punishment
Index Term(s): Murderers; Public Opinion of Corrections
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