Public Opinion and Criminal Justice
Context, Practice and Values
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Public Opinion and Criminal Justice by Jane L. Wood
Book DescriptionPublic 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9781843924005
(234mm x 156mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Willan Publishing
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Jane L. Wood
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The problems associated with groups that commit crime are well known and notoriously complex. However, there are many questions that we still cannot answer with certainty. This book seeks to deepen understanding of the group processes involved in crime and the treatment of offenders' thoughts and behaviour.
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Sheds light on the nature of public views on criminal justice. This book focuses on public opinion towards specific types of offenders, such as sex offenders and mentally disordered offenders. It challenges many enduring assumptions regarding people's views on justice.
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Author Biography - Jane L. Wood
Jane Wood is Lecturer in Forensic Psychology at the University of Kent. She is also a Chartered Forensic Psychologist. Theresa Gannon is Reader in Forensic Psychology at the University of Kent. She is also a Chartered Forensic Psychologist.
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