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Redemption or forfeiture? Understanding diversity in Australians' attitudes to parole


Fitzgerald, Robin and Freiberg, Arie and Bartels, LM, Redemption or forfeiture? Understanding diversity in Australians' attitudes to parole, Criminology & Criminal Justice, 20, (2) pp. 169-186. ISSN 1748-8958 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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Recent Australian reforms to parole following high-profile violations are premised on a purported public desire for greater restrictions on the use of parole. These changes reflect the tendency of legislatures to presume that the public is largely punitive and invoke a 'forfeiture' of rights rationale that weakens support for offender rehabilitation. We consider whether restricting parole is based on a sound reading of public views. Drawing on a national study of public opinion on parole in Australia, we use a latent variable approach to look for distinct patterns in attitudes to parole and re-entry. We also examine what factors explain these patterns. The results support the conclusion that appealing to a public belief in offenders' ability to change may be the most effective way to increase public confidence in parole systems.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:forfeiture, latent class analysis, parole, public opinion, redeemability
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Criminology
Research Field:Causes and prevention of crime
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Crime prevention
UTAS Author:Bartels, LM (Ms Lorana Bartels)
ID Code:151627
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2022-08-02
Last Modified:2022-09-19

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