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Measuring jurors’ views on sentencing: Results from the second Australian jury sentencing study


Warner, K and Davis, J and Spiranovic, C and Cockburn, H and Freiberg, A, Measuring jurors' views on sentencing: Results from the second Australian jury sentencing study, Punishment and Society, 19, (2) pp. 180-202. ISSN 1462-4745 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1462474516660697


This paper presents the results of the Victorian Jury Sentencing Study which aimed to measure jurors’ views on sentencing. The study asked jurors who had returned a guilty verdict to propose a sentence for the offender, to comment on the sentence given by the judge in their case and to give their opinions on general sentencing levels for different offence types. A total of 987 jurors from 124 criminal trials in the County Court of Victoria participated in this mixed-method and multi-phased study in 2013–2015. The results are based on juror responses to the Stage One and Stage Two surveys and show that the views of judges and jurors are much more closely aligned than mass public opinion surveys would suggest.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:public opinion, punitiveness, sentencing
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Criminology
Research Field:Courts and sentencing
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Justice and the law not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Warner, K (Professor Kate Warner)
UTAS Author:Spiranovic, C (Dr Caroline Spiranovic)
UTAS Author:Cockburn, H (Dr Helen Cockburn)
ID Code:110611
Year Published:2017 (online first 2016)
Web of Science® Times Cited:25
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2016-08-05
Last Modified:2022-06-15

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