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NCJ Number: 115094 Find in a Library
Title: Penal Hawk and Penal Doves: Attitudes to Punishment in the British Crime Survey
Journal: Home Office Research and Planning Unit Research Bulletin  Issue:21  Dated:(1986)  Pages:5-9
Author(s): M Hough; H Lewis
Date Published: 1986
Page Count: 5
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: Analyses of 1984 British Crime Survey (BCS) data regarding attitudes toward offenders reveals that punitiveness is associated with factors such as age, education, social class, fear of crime, and experiences of crime.
Abstract: The BCS draws on a subsample of some 6,000 people over age 15 in England and Wales. It shows that punitiveness has several demographic correlates. While people over 61 were more punitive than other age groups, increasing education was associated with more lenient attitudes. Controlling for education, people in nonmanual occupations were less punitive than those in manual occupations. People in both rural areas and inner cities were more punitive than those living elsewhere. Fear of crime was positively related to punitiveness, but experience as a crime victim appears to moderate punitive attitudes. A discussion of the findings focuses on the effects of victimization and area of residence on attitudes. Tables and 13 references.
Main Term(s): Public Opinion of Corrections
Index Term(s): Crime surveys; Great Britain/United Kingdom; Punishment
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