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NCJ Number: 169563 Find in a Library
Title: Fear, Victimization, and Attitudes to Sentencing, the Courts, and the Police
Journal: Canadian Journal of Criminology  Volume:39  Issue:3  Dated:(July 1997)  Pages:275-291
Author(s): J B Sprott; A N Doob
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 17
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: This study examines the relationship between specific victimizations and views of sentencing, the courts and police.
Abstract: Many Canadians perceive the criminal courts as too lenient in sentencing offenders. A common explanation for the widespread perception of leniency is that people have inadequate knowledge of the courts generally, and of sentencing in particular. It may be that knowledge is only part of the story; those who fear crime are more likely to view adult sentences as too lenient. This finding held for both victims and non-victims and was still evident when gender and age variables were controlled. Moreover, the higher one's fear, the more likely one was to rate the courts and the police negatively. The relationship between specific victimizations and views of sentencing, the courts and police was complex and appeared to be independent of the relationship of fear with those variables. People may evaluate the courts and police negatively because they regard those institutions as not having fulfilled their responsibility to do something about crime. Tables, notes, references
Main Term(s): Foreign courts
Index Term(s): Canada; Fear of crime; Foreign police; Foreign sentencing statistics; Perception; Public Opinion of Crime; Public Opinion of the Police; Regression analysis; Victimization
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