ERIC Number: ED272865
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Predictors for the Effects of Televised Executions.
McEnteer, James B.
This paper discusses the controversy that has traditionally surrounded the issue of capital punishment. When a Texas television reporter sought permission to televise the execution of a convicted murderer by lethal injection in 1983, arguments were advanced both for and against televising executions. A recent poll shows that 84% of Americans support capital punishment. However, some researchers feel that televising executions would encourage aggressive tendencies and result in commission of similar crimes. Historical and statistical data suggest that, apart from a short-lived effect lasting a few days, no observable decline in capital crimes would result from televised executions. Perhaps a limited trial run of televised executions in a state such as Texas could be monitored by surveying the potential audience before and after such exposure and observing its effects. (DF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (69th, Norman, OK, August 3-6, 1986).