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Changing Attitudes to Punishment

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ISBN13: 9781843920021
ISBN: 1843920026
Published: June 2004
Publisher: Willan Publishing
Format: Paperback
Price: £32.99

Throughout the western world public opinion has played an important role in shaping criminal justice policy. At the same time opinion polls repeatedly demonstrate that the public knows little about crime and justice, and holds negative views of the criminal justice system. This book, consisting of chapters from leading authorities in the field, is concerned to address this problem, and draws upon research in a number of different countries to address the issues arising from this state of affairs. Its main aims are: to explore the changing and evolving nature of public attitudes to sentencing; to examine the factors that influence public opinion; to bring together recent international research which has demonstrated ways in which public attitudes can be changed; and to propose specific strategies to respond to the crisis in public confidence in criminal justice.

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1. Introduction: The Context - the Nature of Public Opinion and Sentencing, Julian V. Roberts (University of Ottawa, Canada) Mike Hough (South Bank University, UK) and Rob Allen (Esmee Fairburn Foundation, UK); 2 Measuring Attitudes to Sentencing Loretta Stalans (Department of Criminal Justice, Loyola University, USA); 3 Evolving American Attitudes towards Rehabilitation and Punishment (Francis Cullen, Department of Criminal Justice, University of Cincinnati, USA); 4 Transforming American Attitudes towards Punishment (John Doble, Doble and Associates, USA); 5 The Politics of Changing Attitudes Judith Greene (Soros Foundation, New York, USA); 6 Improving Public Knowledge and Changing Public Attitudes: What Works? (Catriona Mirrlees-Black, Home Office, UK); 7 The Evolution of Public Attitudes to Punishment in Western and Eastern Europe Helmut Kury (University of Freiberg, Germany); 8 The Evolution of public attitudes to punishment in Switzerland Andre Kuhn (University of Lausanne, Switzerland); 9 International Attitudes towards Punishment: Findings from the International Criminal Victimization Survey Pat Mayhew (Home Office, UK); 10 Strategies for Changing Public Attitudes David Indermaur (University of Western Australia) and Mike Hough (South Bank University, UK); 11 Changing Public Attitudes to Community-based Punishments Julian V. Roberts (University of Ottawa, Canada); 12 Changing public Attitudes towards Crime and Punishment: Drawing Conclusions Rod Morgan (HM Chief Inspector of Probation, UK) - References - Index