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ERIC Number: EJ927615
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-0011-1287
Public Opinion regarding Juvenile Life without Parole in Consecutive Statewide Surveys
Kubiak, Sheryl Pimlott; Allen, Terrence
Crime & Delinquency, v57 n4 p495-515 Jul 2011
Abolition of the death penalty results in life without parole (LWOP) as the most severe sanction for convicted juveniles. Although internationally the use of LWOP for juveniles is rare, 2,225 youth have been sentenced to LWOP within the United States. To address the dearth of public opinion on the issue, the authors proposed questions to the survey administrators who then selected them for inclusion in two annual statewide surveys. They found that support for LWOP diminishes considerably when respondents are given a more complex array of sentencing options rather than a dichotomous choice to agree or disagree with the current policy. Those supporting LWOP are more likely to be younger, male, and White. These findings support the need for more nuanced and complex discussions and polling language, as well as policy alternatives. (Contains 6 tables and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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