Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)

Program

Criminal Justice and Criminology

Date of Award

8-2009

Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Larry S. Miller

Committee Members

Michael C. Braswell, Steven J. Ellwanger

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine if individuals who supported denying citizenship to children of foreign parentage and making English the sole language spoken in the United States held the opinion that a sentence length over 15 years was appropriate for non-U.S. individuals. Other purposes were to determine if individuals with high religiosity or who carried a lethal weapon also held the opinion that a sentence length over 15 years was appropriate for non-U.S. individuals.

Pearson's Chi-Square was used to determine if a significant relationship existed between the independent variables and the dependent variable. The data indicated that a significant relationship existed between the length of the sentence imposed on non-U.S. individuals by those individuals who supported denying citizenship to children of foreign parentage, who want to make English the sole spoken language, individuals with high religiosity, and individuals who carried a lethal weapon.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Copyright

Copyright by the authors.

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