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NCJ Number: 199891 Find in a Library
Title: Changing Attitudes to Punishment: Public Opinion, Crime and Justice
Editor(s): Julian V. Roberts; Mike Hough
Date Published: 2002
Page Count: 252
Sponsoring Agency: Willan Publishing
Portland, OR 97213-3644
Publication Number: ISBN 1-84392-003-4
Sale Source: Willan Publishing
c/o ISBS, 5804 N.E. Hassalo Street
Portland, OR 97213-3644
United States of America
Type: Collected Work
Format: Book (Hardbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book discusses how public attitudes to justice are formed, and how they can influence and constrain penal policy.
Abstract: The first chapter describes the context of public attitudes to punishment. The second chapter discusses measuring attitudes to sentencing. Chapter 3 presents international findings of the relationship between public opinion and the nature of community penalties. Chapter 4 presents cross-national attitudes to punishment. The fifth chapter describes the evolution of public attitudes to punishment in Western and Eastern Europe. Public and judicial attitudes to punishment in Switzerland are described in chapter 6. Chapter 7 discusses the change or consistency of public support for correctional rehabilitation in America. Chapter 8 details the punitive and liberal opinions in attitudes to punishment in the United States. The ninth chapter describes the findings from a British deliberative poll on how malleable the attitudes to crime and punishment are. Chapter 10 discusses improving public knowledge about crime and punishment. Chapter 11 describes strategies for changing public attitudes to punishment. Chapter 12 discusses the question of privileging public attitudes to sentencing. 14 figures, 35 tables, index
Main Term(s): Public Opinion of Corrections; Public Opinion of Crime
Index Term(s): Citizen prosecution initiation; Citizen satisfaction; Corrections; Fear of crime; Incapacitation theory; Public Attitudes/Opinion
Note: For additional chapters see NCJ-199892-903.
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