When a juror is called to duty to evaluate the innocence or guilt of another person, many internal and external influences come into play. Stereotypes are major subconscious influences that affect the decisions people make, even the decisions about another person's life. It is of the utmost importance to gain as much knowledge as we can about the formation of criminal stereotypes and the perceptions the general population has about criminals. Minimal research has been conducted that evaluates the formation of criminal stereotypes. However, we know from previous research that people do indeed hold well-defined criminal stereotypes and use them when making decisions (MacLin & Herrera, 2003; MacLin, Herrera, & Malpass, 2002). The proposed research addresses a series of questions about both the sources that may contribute to the formation of criminal stereotypes and the current perceptions of criminals.
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference
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Bowers, Stacy and MacLin, M. Kimberly
"Sources of influence in the formation of criminal stereotypes and the perceptions of characteristics of the criminal: A Proposal,"
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference: Vol. 7:
1, Article 34.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/csbsproceedings/vol7/iss1/34