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dc.contributor.advisorSummers, Lucia
dc.contributor.authorKinbarovsky, Nicole H. ( Orcid Icon 0000-0001-6639-2850 )
dc.date.accessioned2020-05-14T16:50:38Z
dc.date.available2020-05-14T16:50:38Z
dc.date.issued2020-05
dc.identifier.citationKinbarovsky, N. H. (2020). Exploring the support networks of those caring for loved ones on Texas death row (Unpublished thesis). Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.
dc.identifier.urihttps://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/9909
dc.description.abstract

Supporters of death row inmates suffer greatly and endure many hardships related to caring for a loved one on Texas’ death row. This study aims to understand the support networks developed by caretakers of capital offenders, along with their current needs and barriers. While the research consistently shows the tremendous devastation the death penalty inflicts on offenders’ family and friends, missing from the literature is an examination of the support provided by caretakers, their needs and obstacles, and the support available to them.

Data collected during this qualitative study reveals three types of support provided: emotional, comfort, and advocacy care, and a vast support network is available to some caretakers. The amount of backing depends on the supporter and the circumstances surrounding the offender and crime. The supporters’ needs range from funding for care, removal of a loved one from death row, educating the public on capital punishment, and voice amplification. Major barriers include Texas statutes, money, and stigma. Key actants providing support include other supporters of capital offenders, one’s appeals attorney, and nonprofit activist and religious organizations.

Understanding the impact experienced by the supporters under study will allow professionals to make more informed decisions regarding the death penalty and illuminate the ripple effects of trauma suffered by innocent members of Texas’ communities. Restorative justice initiatives invite more research on the community impact of crime and punishment beyond the usual focus on healing and limiting the damage caused by crime, and the reaction to crime presenting an opportunity for loved ones of those sentenced to be executed.

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dc.format.extent132 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.subjectTexas
dc.subjectDeath row
dc.subjectCapital punishment
dc.subjectDeath penalty
dc.subjectRestorative justice
dc.subjectSupporters
dc.subjectQualitative
dc.subjectCriminal justice
dc.titleExploring the Support Networks of those Caring for Loved Ones on Texas Death Row
txstate.documenttypeThesis
dc.contributor.committeeMemberTaylor, Nicole
dc.contributor.committeeMemberElsass, Jaymi
thesis.degree.departmentCriminal Justice
thesis.degree.disciplineCriminal Justice
thesis.degree.grantorTexas State University
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science
txstate.departmentCriminal Justice and Criminology


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