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NCJ Number: NCJ 241169     Find in a Library
Title: X-ray Scanning, Wiretaps, and Other Searches: Examining College Students’ Perceptions of the Reasonableness and Intrusiveness of Homeland Security Searches
Journal: Criminal Justice Studies  Volume:25  Issue:4  Dated:December 2012  Pages:371 to 389
Author(s): David A. Mackey ; Michael W. Smith
Date Published: 12/2012
Page Count: 19
Document: HTML 
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper presents the results of a survey that asked 1,084 undergraduates from 9 colleges to evaluate the intrusiveness and reasonableness of searches conducted by police and other agents of social control.
Abstract: This paper presents the results of a survey that asked 1,084 undergraduates from 9 colleges across the Northeastern United States of America to evaluate the intrusiveness and reasonableness of searches conducted by police and other agents of social control. Five versions of the survey tool, a self-administered questionnaire, were created. Each of the five versions varied the target/nature of the search, and participants received only one version of the survey. The five variations varied scenarios with the participant as the target of the search, with another unspecified person as the target, and with search specifically directed towards drugs, crimes against children, and homeland security. The current analysis focused on a subset of the sample addressing perceptions of 17 search scenarios targeting homeland security, immigration control, and border security. Participants’ attitudes towards homeland security searches were also compared to similar searches directed against oneself to provide insights into whether participants rate searches directed against themselves as more intrusive than searches conducted for homeland security purposes. Abstract published by arrangement with Taylor and Francis.
Main Term(s): Perception ; Students
Index Term(s): Public Attitudes/Opinion ; Search and seizure ; Right of privacy ; Airport security ; Security surveys
   
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