Graduation Year


Date of Submission


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Daniel Krauss

Rights Information

2020 Eunice H Song


Crime control theater (CCT) refers to criminal justice policies that have strong public support, but are ineffective in achieving their goals and have profound unintended negative consequences (Griffin & Miller, 2008). The present research examines participants’ (n=87) attitudes towards two CCT policies—Amber alert systems and sexual offender registration laws. Participants’ ratings of support and effectiveness were assessed before and after viewing a factual presentation highlighting the negative consequences of these policies. It was hypothesized that need for cognition (NFC) would moderate the relationship between policy type and policy support. Although participants’ responses were unaffected by the policy manipulation, exposure to counterevidence lowered support and effectiveness ratings, especially for individuals high in NFC. The legal and policy implications are discussed.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.