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Using jurors to explore public attitudes to sentencing


Warner, K and Davis, J, Using jurors to explore public attitudes to sentencing, British Journal of Criminology, 52, (1) pp. 93-112. ISSN 0007-0955 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2011 The Authors. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies.

DOI: doi:10.1093/bjc/azr066


This paper reports the findings of an innovative method of ascertaining public opinion about sentencing—namely using jurors in actual cases to explore both the appropriateness of the sentence imposed in the juror's trial and more general views about sentencing levels. Contrasting images of public opinion emerged: a punitive public in relation to general perceptions of leniency and a more merciful public in relation to individual cases. The extent and reasons for this dichotomy are explored, as are differences in levels of satisfaction for different offence types.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:sentencing, public opinion, punitiveness
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Law in context
Research Field:Criminal law
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Criminal justice
UTAS Author:Warner, K (Professor Kate Warner)
ID Code:80682
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:30
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2012-11-07
Last Modified:2017-11-20
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