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Socioeconomic Status Affects Perceptions of Juvenile Defendants in Adult Criminal Court

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We investigated the influence of a juvenile defendant’s socioeconomic status (SES) on mock jurors’ perceptions of a juvenile tried in adult court. In line with the similarity-leniency hypothesis and stereotypes regarding the relationship between poverty and crime, we predicted that the low SES defendant would be found guilty more often and receive harsher treatment in general than a middle or high SES defendant. Our hypotheses were supported: Participants found the low SES defendant guilty more often than the middle/high SES defendant. Stereotypes about the criminality of low SES juvenile defendants, not a lack of perceived similarity, drove this effect.
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Sorenson, Katlyn. and Stevenson, Margaret. "Socioeconomic Status Affects Perceptions of Juvenile Defendants in Adult Criminal Court" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychology - Law Society, Westin Bayshore Hotel, Vancouver, BC, Canada, Mar 18, 2010 <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p398644_index.html>

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Sorenson, K. M. and Stevenson, M. C. , 2010-03-18 "Socioeconomic Status Affects Perceptions of Juvenile Defendants in Adult Criminal Court" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychology - Law Society, Westin Bayshore Hotel, Vancouver, BC, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p398644_index.html

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Abstract: We investigated the influence of a juvenile defendant’s socioeconomic status (SES) on mock jurors’ perceptions of a juvenile tried in adult court. In line with the similarity-leniency hypothesis and stereotypes regarding the relationship between poverty and crime, we predicted that the low SES defendant would be found guilty more often and receive harsher treatment in general than a middle or high SES defendant. Our hypotheses were supported: Participants found the low SES defendant guilty more often than the middle/high SES defendant. Stereotypes about the criminality of low SES juvenile defendants, not a lack of perceived similarity, drove this effect.


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