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NCJ Number: 158193 Find in a Library
Title: Legality and Legitimacy: On Attitudes to Drugs and Social Sanctions
Journal: British Journal of Criminology  Volume:35  Issue:4  Dated:(Autumn 1995)  Pages:525-542
Author(s): E Odegard
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 18
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This article uses survey data from a sample of Norwegian citizens, and comparative data from other European countries, to examine whether these countries' antidrug policies, which have become more stringent in recent years, reflect public attitudes toward drug use and drug law enforcement.
Abstract: The results show that there are marked differences between countries in both attitudes toward drug use and toward punitive measures to be implemented against drug offenders. People's attitudes to the level of punishment for drug offenses seem to be relatively unaffected by the actual level of punishment. Ideally, in democratic countries, the law ought to mirror the population's attitudes and changes in attitudes, but in the case of European antidrug laws, the evidence suggests that public attitudes do not match the severity of currently enforced sanctions. 4 tables, 5 figures, 12 notes, and 27 references
Main Term(s): Drug regulation
Index Term(s): Crime in foreign countries; Criminology; Drug law enforcement; Europe; Norway; Public Opinion of Drug Abuse; Statistics
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