Offenders Say “I’m Sorry”: The Meaning and Consequences of Death Row Apologies
Dr. Judy Eaton, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Human and Social Sciences
Research suggests that apologies can be beneficial for both victims and offenders, and that they can ultimately lead to forgiveness. But is it possible for a convicted killer to convince his victim’s family that he is truly remorseful? In this talk we’ll explore the content and meaning of death row apologies to determine what they might mean for offenders and victims, and how they can help us better understand the Canadian justice system.