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NCJ Number: 120291 Find in a Library
Title: National Punishment Survey and Public Policy Consequences
Journal: Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency  Volume:25  Issue:2  Dated:(May 1988)  Pages:120-149
Author(s): S E Zimmerman; D J Alstyne; C S Van Dunn
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 30
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Public preferences are important influences on the criminal justice policy formation process.
Abstract: The proper role of public preferences is a matter of debate. Public preferences about punishment are often strong and well articulated, but they are unconstrained by the consequences associated with these positions. These policy issues are examined as they relate to a recent national survey of public attitudes concerning punishment for crimes. The respondents were more punitive than actual practices. The additional correctional costs that would be associated with applying these preferences would be very high. Most citizens are unaware of the additional costs that would be incurred by the unconstrained pursuit of their expressed beliefs. If given this information, they might modify their punishment preferences. 2 notes, 22 references, 6 tables. (Author abstract modified).
Main Term(s): Public Opinion of Corrections
Index Term(s): Punishment; Sentencing/Sanctions
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