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NCJ Number: 237417 Find in a Library
Title: Influence of Media on Penal Attitudes
Journal: Criminal Justice Review  Volume:36  Issue:4  Dated:December 2011  Pages:435-455
Author(s): Jared S. Rosenberger; Valerie J. Callanan
Date Published: December 2011
Page Count: 21
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the influence of crime-related media consumption on individuals’ perceptions of the most important purpose of criminal sentencing.
Abstract: This study examines the influence of crime-related media consumption on individuals’ perceptions of the most important purpose of criminal sentencing, using a statewide survey of 4,245 California residents. Consumption of various forms of crime-related media was regressed on four goals of criminal sentencing (punishment, incapacitation, deterrence, and rehabilitation) using multinomial logistic regression. The results suggest that consumption of television news and crime-based reality programs increased the odds of selecting punishment as the most important goal of criminal sentencing as opposed to rehabilitation. The more hours of television watched, irrespective of genre, the more likely respondents were to support punishment, deterrence, or incapacitation rather than rehabilitation. These results hold even after controlling for various sociodemographic characteristics and experiences with crime such as fear, past victimization, and prior arrests. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Fear of crime; Media coverage; Public Opinion of Crime; Rehabilitation; Sentencing/Sanctions
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