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Penal Populism and Public Opinion

Julian V. RobertsProfessor of Criminology, University of Ottawa, Canada, Loretta J. StalansAssociate Professor of Criminal Justice, Loyola University, Chicago, USA, David (Senior Research Fellow University of Western Australia Australi Indemaur

ISBN13: 9780195136234
ISBN: 0195136233
Published: January 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: USA
Format: Hardback
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Although criminal justice systems vary greatly around the world, one theme has emerged in all Western jurisdictions in recent years: a rise in both the rhetoric and practice of severe punishment at a time when public opinion has played a pivotal role in sentencing policy and reforms.;Despite the differences among jurisdictions, startling commonalities exist among the five countries - the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand - surveyed here. Drawing on the results of representative opinion surveys and other research tools the authors map public attitudes towards crime and punishment across countries and explore the congruence between public views and actual policies. Co-authored by four distinguished sentencing policy experts, ""Penal Populism and Public Opinion"" is a clarion call for limiting the influence of penal populism and instituting more informed, research-based sentencing policies across the Western world.