Public Opinion and Criminal Justice: Context, Practice and Values [NOOK Book]

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Public opinion is vital to the functioning of the criminal justice system but it is not at all clear how best to establish what this is, and what views people have on different aspects of criminal justice and the criminal justice system. Politicians and the media often assume that the public wants harsher, tougher and longer sentences, and policies may be shaped accordingly. Detailed research and more specific polling often tells a different ...

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Public Opinion and Criminal Justice: Context, Practice and Values

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Overview

Public opinion is vital to the functioning of the criminal justice system but it is not at all clear how best to establish what this is, and what views people have on different aspects of criminal justice and the criminal justice system. Politicians and the media often assume that the public wants harsher, tougher and longer sentences, and policies may be shaped accordingly. Detailed research and more specific polling often tells a different story.


This book is concerned to shed further light on the nature of public views on criminal justice, paying particular attention to public opinion towards specific types of offenders, such as sex offenders and mentally disordered offenders. In doing so it challenges many enduring assumptions regarding people's views on justice, and confronts the myths that infect our understanding of what people think about the criminal justice system.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781134021703
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/13/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

1 The psychology of attitudes and persuasion Gerd Bohner Bohner, Gerd Michaela Wanke Wanke, Michaela 3

2 Why public opinion of the criminal justice system is important Jane Wood Wood, Jane 33

3 What shapes public opinion of the criminal justice system? Jacqueline M. Gray Gray, Jacqueline M. 49

4 The myth of public support for capital punishment Francis T. Cullen Cullen, Francis T. James D. Unnever Unnever, James D. Kristie R. Blevins Blevins, Kristie R. Jennifer A. Pealer Pealer, Jennifer A. Shannon A. Santana Santana, Shannon A. Bonnie S. Fisher Fisher, Bonnie S. Brandon K. Applegate Applegate, Brandon K. 73

5 Achieving accurate assessment of attitudes toward the criminal justice system: methodological issues G. Tendayi Viki Viki, G. Tendayi Gerd Bohner Bohner, Gerd 96

6 The typical rape: factors affecting victims' decision to report Margaret Wilson Wilson, Margaret Angela Scholes Scholes, Angela 123

7 Attitudes towards victims of crime: a double-edged sword? Elizabeth Gilchrist Gilchrist, Elizabeth 145

8 Public attitudes towards offending, offenders and reintegration Natalie Reynolds Reynolds, Natalie Leam A. Craig Craig, Leam A. Douglas P. Boer Boer, Douglas P. 166

9 Attitudes towards sexual offenders and their rehabilitation: a special case? Sarah Brown Brown, Sarah 187

10 Stigma and offenders with mental illness Patrick W. Corrigan Corrigan, Patrick W. Jessica L. Walton Walton, Jessica L. 214

Index 239

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