Garland, Tammy S.
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
Prior literature has highlighted several factors that contribute to wrongful convictions and described the frequency in which these factors influence wrongful convictions; they include mistaken eyewitness identification, mishandling of forensic evidence, and misconduct among criminal justice professionals. The literature concerning perceptions of the influence of these factors on wrongful convictions is limited, however, by its failure to consider the impact of respondent characteristics on their perceptions. In this study, I extend this line of research by examining the influence of respondent characteristics on perceptions of the culpability of criminal justice actors, contamination of forensic evidence, and mistaken eyewitness identification in the frequency of wrongful convictions. Results of Pearson’s correlation suggest that perceptions are shaped by sex, political affiliation, college major, having a friend or close friend or family member employed in criminal justice, perceptions of race-based sentencing disparities, and perceptions of the frequency of wrongful convictions.
Dr. Rick Dierenfeldt Assistant Professor Social, Cultural, and Justice Studies Thesis Director Dr. Tammy Garland Professor Social, Cultural, and Justice Studies Department Examiner
B. S.; An honors thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Bachelor of Science.
Administrative responsibility; College students -- attitudes; Judicial error
Criminology and Criminal Justice
Smith, Merideth, "College student perceptions of system-culpability in the frequency of wrongful convictions: gauging the importance of respondent characteristics" (2020). Honors Theses.