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Mark LivshotsFollow

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Psychology

Anticipated Graduation Year

2020

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Abstract

The Supreme Court majority in a 5-4 decision concluded that snatching crimes had enough victim resistance wherein the public would support such crimes being classified as violent person crimes in the Armed Criminal Career Act (Stokeling vs. United States, 2019). Psychology and law research has examined the public’s 'commonsense understanding’ (Finkel & Parrott, 2006; Smalarz et al., 2016). Using an experimental vignette survey design, we hypothesized manipulations of moderate resistance, physical harm, and victims’ precautions will be labeled more often as violent person crimes and rated as having more force and causing more physical harm than their counterparts.

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Dr. Loretta Stalans, Professor, Department of Psychology, Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology

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Which Unarmed Robberies Should Qualify as Violent Crimes under the Armed Criminal Career Act?: Examining Public Views

The Supreme Court majority in a 5-4 decision concluded that snatching crimes had enough victim resistance wherein the public would support such crimes being classified as violent person crimes in the Armed Criminal Career Act (Stokeling vs. United States, 2019). Psychology and law research has examined the public’s 'commonsense understanding’ (Finkel & Parrott, 2006; Smalarz et al., 2016). Using an experimental vignette survey design, we hypothesized manipulations of moderate resistance, physical harm, and victims’ precautions will be labeled more often as violent person crimes and rated as having more force and causing more physical harm than their counterparts.