- To develop and disseminate relevant findings concerning crime, criminal justice, and public policy through research, public scholarship, and student engagement.
- To leverage the potential insights of empirical research to better inform law enforcement practices, judicial policy and criminal justice systems (i.e. policing, courts, corrections).
- To examine how political violence is prosecuted in the United States by exploring 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, bias-motivated crime and terrorism.
- To collaboratively engage undergraduate students and faculty in the craft of research, and the complexity of carrying out a longterm team project.
- To help prepare students to engage professionally and personally in the fields of Criminology, Criminal Justice, Law, Public Policy and related disciplines by providing hands-on experience and opportunities for multi-year practical engagement. This includes providing students relevant instruction, training, and oversight for entering the workforce, taking part in internships, and preparing to obtain advanced degrees.
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 thousands of cases, we can explore correlations between the manner in which a defendant is charged, prosecuted, and sentenced, and any 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 incarceration in Communications Management Units.
[Text taken from plea agreement for ‘eco-terrorism’ case, US v. McGowan]