Why Do White Americans Support the Death Penalty?

@article{Soss2003WhyDW,
  title={Why Do White Americans Support the Death Penalty?},
  author={Joe Soss and Laura Langbein and Alan R. Metelko},
  journal={The Journal of Politics},
  year={2003},
  volume={65},
  pages={397 - 421}
}
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