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Racial Typification of Crime and Student Support for Punitive Criminal Justice Policies
Unformatted Document Text:  Racial Typification of Crime and Student Support for Punitive Criminal Justice Policies Joseph W. Cowan University of Ontario Institute of Technology James G. Bell University of Ontario Institute of Technology This study examines the relationship between racial typification of crime and support for punitive criminal justice policies. We surveyed a representative sample of Canadian undergraduate students from a small university in Southern Ontario. Informed by previous research in the area (e.g., Chiricos, Welch, & Gertz, 2004), racial typification of crime is measured using three items created to assess the extent to which individuals believe that racial minorities are responsible for violent crimes, and other crimes such as burglary. Punitive attitudes were assessed using a scale that taps into attitudes toward prosecutorial decision making, sentencing, prison conditions, and support for the death penalty. Analysis are conducted and comparisons made by race, gender, and other relevant variables. The implications and limitations of this study will be discussed.

Authors: Cowan, Joseph. and Bell, James.
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Racial Typification of Crime and Student Support for Punitive Criminal Justice 
Policies
Joseph W. Cowan
University of Ontario Institute of Technology
James G. Bell
University of Ontario Institute of Technology
This study examines the relationship between racial typification of crime and 
support for punitive criminal justice policies. We surveyed a representative sample 
of Canadian undergraduate students from a small university in Southern Ontario. 
Informed by previous research in the area (e.g., Chiricos, Welch, & Gertz, 2004), 
racial typification of crime is measured using three items created to assess the 
extent to which individuals believe that racial minorities are responsible for violent 
crimes, and other crimes such as burglary. Punitive attitudes were assessed using a 
scale that taps into attitudes toward prosecutorial decision making, sentencing, 
prison conditions, and support for the death penalty. Analysis are conducted and 
comparisons made by race, gender, and other relevant variables. The implications 
and limitations of this study will be discussed.


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