The Aftermath

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Title:
The Aftermath Two Comparisons of the Social Consequences of Dna and Non-Dna Exoneration
Physical Description:
1 online resource (179 p.)
Language:
english
Creator:
Thompson, Adina M
Publisher:
University of Florida
Place of Publication:
Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date:

Thesis/Dissertation Information

Degree:
Doctorate ( Ph.D.)
Degree Grantor:
University of Florida
Degree Disciplines:
Criminology, Law, and Society, Sociology and Criminology & Law
Committee Chair:
LEVETT,LORA M
Committee Co-Chair:
WILSON,JODI LANE
Committee Members:
HASEL,LISA E
WALSH-CHILDERS,KIM B
WESTERVELT,SAUNDRA

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
dna -- exoneration -- innocence -- prejudice -- stigma
Sociology and Criminology & Law -- Dissertations, Academic -- UF
Genre:
Criminology, Law, and Society thesis, Ph.D.
bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract:
Although the majority of exonerations have been secured by means other than using DNA evidence to prove innocence, most research examining stigma and prejudice against exonerees assumes DNA exoneration. There has been no experimental research that focuses specifically on those exonerated without DNA. The present studies are the first to compare public perceptions of DNA and non-DNA exonerees and the first to examine if exoneration method affects those perceptions. It is possible that those exonerated without DNA may be perceived more negatively than those exonerated with DNA due to differential public exposure of DNA exonerations, governmental legislation favoring DNA exonerees and high public expectations of biological evidence. Further, it is possible that the method by which an individual is exonerated -- pardon, dismissal or retrial-- may relate to public opinion of that person. In study one, 142 participants in a live data collection assessed guilty, DNA-exonerated, non-DNA exonerated and control targets presented in a mock news article stimulus about a farmers' market. Participants in study one evaluated DNA and non-DNA exonerees similarly to one another and to the control target. In some cases, participants evaluated all four targets similarly. These findings partially diverge from earlier exoneree stigma results and are inconsistent with anecdotal evidence of exoneree stigma. In study two, 374 online participants read articles about DNA and non-DNA exonerees freed by pardon, dismissal or retrial. Participants in study two rated all targets similarly across DNA status and exoneration method. In general, exoneree targets in both studies were viewed positively, suggesting that stigma against the exonerated is not severe, at least on this level. Suggestions for future research include studies to examine the gap between anecdotal evidence of exoneree stigma and experimental evidence of exoneree acceptance.
General Note:
In the series University of Florida Digital Collections.
General Note:
Includes vita.
Bibliography:
Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page.
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Statement of Responsibility:
by Adina M Thompson.
Thesis:
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Florida, 2014.
Local:
Adviser: LEVETT,LORA M.
Local:
Co-adviser: WILSON,JODI LANE.
Electronic Access:
RESTRICTED TO UF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE UNTIL 2016-05-31

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UFRGP
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Applicable rights reserved.
Classification:
lcc - LD1780 2014
System ID:
UFE0046456:00001