- To examine how political violence is prosecuted in the United States.
- To explore the relationship between how a crime occurred, who was the perpetrator, and why.
- To determine the predictive effect such variables have for how a defendant is charged, prosecuted, and eventually sentenced in a court of law.
- To create and publish a previously nonexistent database for public use and study. This dataset serves as a meta-analysis, and is ideologically inclusive (i.e. Salafi jihadist, nationalist separatist, right-wing, left-wing, issue-focused) of acts of political violence, extremism, and terrorism.
- To collaboratively engage undergraduate students and faculty in the craft of research, and the complexity of carrying out a longterm team project.
Unique Contributions of tPP
- The tPP data set aims to include all cases which involve felonies in furtherance of political violence, or crimes which have been described in official State speech as terrorism, extremism, or motivated by a social or political agenda.
- Across more than 2,500 cases, we can explore correlations between the manner in which a defendant is charged, prosecuted, and sentenced, and a number of variables specific to the defendant’s demographics, the nature of the crime, and ideological and legal factors.
- Advanced coding allows for analysis of prosecutorial strategies such as those involving Foreign Terrorist Organization designation, hate crime laws, civil rights violations, terrorism enhancements, the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, the Federal Access to Clinic Entrance Act, and incarcerated in Communications Management Units.
[Text taken from plea agreement for ‘eco-terrorism’ case, US v. McGowan]