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How the Death Penalty Jury Voted

In the Death Penalty Study, Abolitionists who disapproved of all methods of execution were excluded from 'jury duty.' This would be true in the real world, as well. Prosecutors seeking the death penalty would exclude Abolitionists. The remaining people on the mock jury were asked:


Imagine you are serving on a jury for a death penalty case. The defendant is accused of multiple murders, including the torture and murder of a small child. You and the other jurors find him guilty on all counts.


Jurors were then asked to vote on the punishment for the man they convicted. The graph displays the percentage of people voting for the death penalty, life in prison without parole, or life in prison with the possibility of parole.


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