Evaluating Sources for Support Capital Punishment

Robert M. Bohm is currently a professor of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. At the time that he published his article entitled American Death Penalty Attitudes: A Critical Examination of Recent Evidence, he was an associate professor of the Criminal Justice department of Jacksonville State University located in Alabama. A former corrections officer, Bohm had published numerous works focusing on various topics regarding the criminal justice system in the United States.

Bohm had been awarded numerous citations such as the Outstanding Educator of the Year by the Southern Criminal Justice in 1989 and elected a Fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences in 1999 (Bohm 1989; Bohm & Haley 2005). The information provided in the article, American Death Penalty Attitudes: A Critical Examination of Recent Evidence looks into the different attitudes upheld by the American public with regards to the use of capital punishment in the United States.

The primary purpose of the article published by Bohm was to provide a critical study on the changes in the perceptions and attitudes of the American public towards the use of the capital punishment and the positions of both those supporting and those who are against the use of the capital punishment in the United States. While the article does present numerous studies and resources previously published by past authors, Bohm did not concentrate the information provided in his paper on the work of another author or researcher only.

Each of the topics that were to be discussed by Bohm in his article were clearly labeled, making it extremely easy to search for the information needed to complete the position paper to support capital punishment in the United States. Bohm made it clear in the abstract and introduction that he presented in the article that he was not to be taking any sides with regards to the use of capital punishment in the United States. Rather, he is to provide a merely a critical assessment of the attitudes of the American public on the issue (Bohm 1989).

While the article does provide the necessary information to be used in the paper such as the reasons why the majority of the American public continues to support the use of capital punishment in the United States, the fact that the article was published in 1989 meant that supporting information must be presented in the proposed position paper to determine as to if there had been any changes on the perception of the American public on the capital punishment debate or not.