13 Crim. Just. & Behavior 5 (1986)

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Study with a Sample of

Death Row Inmates

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
North Carolina Department of Correction
Delaware County Counseling Services, Indiana
Chapel Hill

Panton (1978) examined 55 felons awaiting execution in North Carolina Central Prison
before and after the U.S. Supreme Court declared the North Carolina death penalty
unconstitutional. The interval between tests ranged from 6 to 49 months. Subsequently,
these men were resentenced and reassigned in the prison system. Profiles from this
serendipitous study were used to examine the usefulness of the Megargee-Bohn (M-B)
classification system, which was derived from federal offenders, in evaluating felons in a
state system who were tested under two quite dramatically different penal circumstances.
Because capital offenses are a relatively rare occurrence in the federal prison system, it
seemed important to know how well the M-B system covered profiles obtained from
offenders in a state system found guilty of such charges (murder, rape, or first-degree
burglary). The findings on this and related problems in the practical application of
configural rules were encouraging in regard to reproducibility across workers and prison
systems but less so in stability of type assignment.

I n July 1976 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the death penalty
      statutes of North Carolina unconstitutional. This action
resulted in the commutation to a life sentence of 115 male inmates
quartered on Death Row in the state's maximum security prison

Authors' Note: Preliminary findings from this study were reported at the
Eighteenth Annual MMPI Conference, Minneapolis MN, April 1983. We
CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND BEHAVIOR, Vol. 13 No. 1, March 1986 5-17
 1986 American Association of Correctional Psychologists


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