The way courts treat criminals depends on a variety of factors. This paper examines how age, sex, and race affect an offender’s treatment during sentencing. These variables were collected using the 2010 General Social Survey and were tested using the SPSS 20.0 Student Version Statistical Software. The independent variables include age, race, and sex, while the dependent variable is the way courts deal with criminals. The hypotheses that were tested stated that older individuals, nonwhite persons, and men would believe that courts deal too harshly with criminals. The conclusion found that none of the variables showed a significant correlation; therefore, further research must be completed to determine if a correlation has occurred over time.
van Aken, Chelsea
"Attitudes Toward the Way Courts Deal with Criminals,"
Themis: Research Journal of Justice Studies and Forensic Science:
Vol. 2, Article 11.
Available at: http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/themis/vol2/iss1/11