Source: (2006) PhD Dissertation. Graduate College of Oklahoma State University.
The goal of this project was to explore the sentiments of murdered victimsâ€™ families where the offender received the death penalty. Specifically the research aimed to: (1) examine the experiences of murdered victimsâ€™ families with the criminal justice system. In particular, the questions focused on (a) whether there was a sense of inclusion or exclusion by the system, (b) if the family members have, or believe they will have, a sense of closure or finality due to the proceedings from the case, and (c) if there is an overall satisfaction with the criminal justice system and their processes; and (2) examine how these experiences with the criminal justice system shape family membersâ€™ views of the death penalty. This is important because within the United States there is a growing debate about whether or not capital punishment should be ruled unconstitutional across every state. One aspect that is continually ignored is the victimsâ€™ familiesâ€™ opinions about this topic. (excerpt)
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