Public attitudes to sentencing: surveys from five countries
This collection of surveys examines and compares public reactions to sentencing policies in England, the USA, Canada, the Netherlands and Australia.How punitive is the public in these countries? How much leniency or severity will the public tolerate? How much do policy-makers know about the public's view? Are victims more punitive than non-victims? Are the elderly more punitive than the young? Do severe or lenient sentences influence people's disapproval of crimes? What is the influence of the media's selective reporting?The contributors set out to find answers to these and other questions in this wide-ranging collection of studies. The editors' introduction examines how surveys in this field have developed, and it comments on innovations in methodology illustrated by the contributors.
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Conflict and consensus about criminal justice
Does the severity of sentences affect public disapproval?
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