CRIME AND PUNISHMENT: AN EXAMINATION OF THE EFFECTS OF SOCIAL PROMINENCE ON PUNISHMENT SEVERITY
Colver, Alyssa L.
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Donald Black’s The Behavior of Law (1976) states that stratification, morphology, culture organization, and social control all contribute to create social life. This paper focuses on the relational distance between offender and punisher and severity in punishment based on the offender’s characteristics. Through data collection from surveys taken by students at the University of Central Missouri, there was support for parts of Black’s theory but also results that contradict him. The paper concludes with a discussion of the findings and how they relate to Black’s Theory (1976) and what future research could focus on.