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    Public opinion, crime, and criminal justice

    Hough, Mike (2017) Public opinion, crime, and criminal justice. In: Liebling, A. and Maruna, S. and McAra, L. (eds.) Oxford Handbook of Criminology (6th Edition). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198719441.

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    This chapter summarises research on public opinion about crime and criminal Justice in developed industrialised societies. It starts with an assessment of what can be said about public knowledge about crime, documenting widespread misperceptions about the nature of crime, about crime trends and about the criminal justice response to crime. It then considers public attitudes towards crime and justice, which tend to be largely negative. The chapter then presents evidence of the links between levels of knowledge and attitudes to justice, suggesting that misinformation about crime and justice is the likely source of negative public ratings of the justice system. Penal populism and populist punitiveness are considered. The chapter ends by exploring issues of public trust in justice, confidence and legitimacy.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge.
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Crime & Justice Policy Research, Institute for
    Depositing User: Mike Hough
    Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2017 14:36
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:26

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