Psychological Effects Capital Punishment

According to a study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology in 2019, “the psychological effects of capital punishment on those directly involved in the process, including prisoners, their families, and prison staff, have been largely ignored by researchers and policymakers” (Watkins, et al., 2019). This is particularly concerning in the state of Texas, which has the highest number of executions in the United States (Watkins, et al., 2019). Another study published in the Journal of Social and Political Psychology in 2021 found that exposure to capital punishment is associated with increased anxiety and post-traumatic stress symptoms among prison staff (Bronson & Berzofsky, 2021). These symptoms can have significant negative impacts on the mental health and well-being of these individuals. In addition, the death penalty has been shown to have a negative impact on the families of death row inmates. A study published in the journal Psychological Trauma in 2020 found that family members of death row inmates experience elevated levels of stress and trauma that can lead to long-term psychological problems (Harrison & Bluestone, 2020). Cont…

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