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NCJ Number: 237066 Find in a Library
Title: Impact of Racial Slurs and Racism on the Perceptions and Punishment of Violent Crime
Journal: Journal of Interpersonal Violence  Volume:23  Issue:5  Dated:May 2008  Pages:685-701
Author(s): Donald A. Saucier; Jericho M. Hockett; Andrew S. Wallenberg
Date Published: May 2008
Page Count: 17
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study investigated factors that affect individuals' perceptions and punishments of violent crimes involving perpetrators and victims of different races.
Abstract: When a crime is committed by an individual of one race against an individual of another race, there is the possibility that the crime is a hate crime. Legislation often mandates harsher penalties for perpetrators convicted of crimes determined to be hate crimes, yet this determination is difficult to make. This study used vignettes of violent crimes to examine how the races of the perpetrators and victims, the severity of the assault, and the use of racial slurs by the perpetrators would affect perceptions of the crimes as "hate crimes," victim blaming, and sentencing recommendations. Results showed that each of these factors affected participants' perceptions and punishments of violent crime. Participants' levels of racism were an additional factor. These results contribute to the understanding of how crimes in which the perpetrator's and victim's races differ are perceived. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Hate Crimes; Offense characteristics; Penalty severity rating; Punishment; Racial discrimination; Racially motivated violence
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