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NCJ Number: 119956 Find in a Library
Title: Punitiveness, Fear of Crime, and Perceptions of Violence
Journal: Canadian Journal of Sociology  Volume:12  Issue:4  Dated:(1987)  Pages:331-344
Author(s): R A Wanner; T C Caputo
Date Published: 1987
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: Alberta Law Foundation
Calgary, Alta T2P 1K1, Canada
John Howard Soc of Calgary
Calgary, Alta T2A 6J4, Canada
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: A multivariate model to account for attitudes of punitiveness toward offenders was developed and tested.
Abstract: The only factor that had a significant effect on the degree of punitiveness favored by the respondents was the degree of violence of the crime. However, in general, those more knowledgeable about the prevalence of violent crime in Canada tended to favor less severe sentences for offenders. While these same individuals were less fearful about violent crime, this did not necessarily translate into less punitive attitudes. Respondents attributed a higher level of harm to violent acts, than to property crimes, which seemed to contribute to their attitudes of more severe punitiveness for violent crimes. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Public Opinion of Corrections
Index Term(s): Canada; Citizen crime tolerance; Fear of crime; Punishment
Note: Revised version of a paper presented at the Conference on Violence in Contemporary Canadian Society, Ottawa, Canada, June 1986.
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