Date of Award
Open Access Thesis
Master of Science (MS)
Kristie R. Blevins
Kevin I. Minor
Scott A. Hunt
In his concurrence with the Supreme Court ruling in Furman v. Georgia (1972), Justice Thurgood Marshall postulated that levels of support for capital punishment are associated with the amount of knowledge about the death penalty process. He suggested that exposure to information about capital punishment produces sentiments in opposition to capital punishment except in instances for which support is based on retributive beliefs. These notions have become known as the Marshall Hypothesis and have been empirically tested among a variety of populations. The research presented in this thesis adds to that body of literature by testing these ideas among a sample of students in the College of Justice and Safety at Eastern Kentucky University. Results from a self-administered survey provide support for two of the three hypotheses originally posited by Justice Marshall. Implications of these findings are discussed and suggestions for future research are provided.
Copyright 2019 Kimberly Alice Barrett
Barrett, Kimberly Alice, "Testing The Marshall Hypothesis: A Survey Among Justice And Safety College Students" (2019). Online Theses and Dissertations. 612.