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NCJ Number: 120343 Find in a Library
Title: Criminal Justice, Delinquency, Deviance: Evolution of Attitudes in French Society
Author(s): F Ocqueteau; C Perez Diaz
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 386
Publication Number: ISBN 2-907370-12-X
Sale Source: les Institutions Penales
Centre de Recherches
Sociologiques Sur le Droit et
4, rue de mondovi
Paris 75001,
Type: Survey
Language: French
Country: France
Annotation: This statistical analysis explores French attitudes toward the criminal justice system, criminal policy, and the regulation of deviant behavior.
Abstract: The study is based on a questionnaire, which was submitted to a representative sample of 1,830 French citizens in December 1984. The statistical analysis of the results indicates that 26 percent were satisfied with criminal policy and the institutions of the criminal justice system; 39 percent expressed varying degrees of distrust; and 35 percent voiced highly critical attitudes. The study also detected a major rift in the sample population concerning the priorities of the criminal policy; 77 percent emphasized the protection of private property while 23 percent stressed the public interest. An examination of the role criminal justice should play in regulating behavior revealed four basic positions: those who favor more criminal intervention in business offenses (21 percent); those who in most cases prefer family and professional intervention to punishment (35 percent); those who want to involve the criminal justice system more in regulating juvenile behavior (25 percent); and those who desire the criminal justice system to regulate numerous behavioral and moral problems (19 percent). The study concludes that since the last attitudinal study in 1978 the French population has become more permissive and less inclined to involve the criminal justice system. The questionnaire and statistical charts and graphs are appended.
Main Term(s): Public Attitudes/Opinion
Index Term(s): Criminal justice system policy; Deviance; Foreign criminal justice systems; France
Note: Deviance et Controle Social, N 50
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