|dc.contributor.author||Edkins, Vanessa A.||
|dc.contributor.author||Royal, Kenneth D.||
|dc.identifier.citation||Edkins, V. A., & Royal, K. D. (2011). Evaluating the Due Process and Crime Control Perspectives Using Rasch Measurement Analysis. Journal of MultiDisciplinary Evaluation, 7(16), 48-65.||en_US
|dc.description.abstract||Background: The biases jurors possess may
influence everything from the interpretation of
case evidence to impressions of the defendant to,
ultimately, verdict and recognition of this has led
to a number of juror attitude scales attempting to
tap into important biases. A common ideology
discussed in legal research is that individuals
attitudes toward the law and the legal system differ
along a continuum moving from due process (a
concern for the preservation of individual rights)
to crime control (a focus on swift and harsh
punishment for those who break the law) although
an agreed upon assessment of these perspectives
has yet to be created.
Purpose: The current research addresses due
process and crime control perspectives and uses
the ideology as a source for a new measure of juror
bias: The General Attitudes toward the Legal
System (GALS) scale.
Setting: Not applicable.
Intervention: Not applicable.
Research Design: The GALS scale was
constructed based on existing theory and
administered to nearly 700 undergraduate
psychology students at a large Midwestern
university. The psychometric properties of the
instrument were then evaluated to determine
Data Collection and Analysis: The Rasch
Rating Scale Model (RRSM) was used to evaluate
the psychometric properties of the GALS.
Evaluation focused on six characteristics of the
instrument: dimensionality, reliability, rating scale
quality, item quality, item hierarchy, and measure
Findings: Results indicate the GALS is a
psychometrically sound instrument for measuring
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|dc.title||Evaluating the Due Process and Crime Control Perspectives Using Rasch Measurement Analysis||en_US