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NCJ Number: 200677 Find in a Library
Title: Decline in Support for Penal Welfarism: Evidence of Support Among the Elite for Punitive Segregation
Journal: British Journal of Criminology  Volume:43  Issue:2  Dated:Spring 2003  Pages:434-441
Author(s): Carla Cesaroni; Anthony N. Doob
Date Published: 2003
Page Count: 8
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: Using Canadian survey data, this article assesses whether the liberal elite views itself as isolated from the everyday effects of crime.
Abstract: Noting that there is a list of punitive measures that signal a shift in the contemporary penalty mentality, the authors present their study of crime and punitive segregation in Canada. Research shows that there is no systematic evidence of an increase in crime in Canada, in general. The article presents the authors analysis of three national Canadian crimes surveys in order to determine whether liberal elites in Canada consider themselves to be isolated from the everyday effects of crime. The authors found that the national survey data supported David Garland’s proposition that there are declines in support for rehabilitative, reintegrative, and correctionalist crime strategies among the liberal elite. These survey results are presented as a series of tables. The authors suggest that their findings indicate that Canada’s liberal elite no longer deems itself isolated from the effects of everyday criminal activity and are thus willing to support punitive segregation. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Crime rate studies; Fear of crime
Index Term(s): Canada; Crime Statistics; Crime surveys; Effectiveness of crime prevention programs; National crime surveys; Surveys
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