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NCJ Number: 83050 Find in a Library
Title: Severity of Societal Response to Crime - A Synthesis of Models
Journal: Law and Society Review  Volume:16  Issue:2  Dated:(1981-1982)  Pages:181-205
Author(s): P A Green; H D Allen
Date Published: 1982
Page Count: 25
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper reviews three bodies of research which relate to the severity of societal response to crime: studies of social complexity, of punitive reaction to high rates of deviance, and of the ability of the justice system to control criminal activity.
Abstract: We present a model aimed at integrating these findings and accounting for some of the inconsistent results among them. We contend that while normative diversity, on the whole, tends to lessen the severity of response, this tendency may be counteracted by an increased rate of deviance and a decreased certainty of punishment - also products of social complexity. (Publisher abstract)
Index Term(s): Fear of crime; Models; Public Attitudes/Opinion
Note: An earlier version of this paper was presented at the 1980 meeting of the Southern Sociological Society.
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