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Are Southerners More Polite on Death Row?

Southerners in the United States are considered more well-mannered and apologetic than most, but is that still true when it comes to convicts on death row? A researcher who examined more than 350 final statements made by offenders before they were executed found that people from southern states are twice as likely to apologize for their crimes. But according to the results published today in SAGE Open, just because an inmate says “sorry” doesn’t mean they regret their actions. A criminal is considered truly remorseful only if they accept responsibility for their offense and offer to make amends—something southerners were not more likely to exhibit.

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