Punitive public attitudes towards crime
Claim: There is now much evidence to suggest that a significant proportion of the population favour relatively severe punishment of offenders. This view is naturally to be expected by victims of crimes in relation to their perpetrators.
Counter Claim: Whereas general questions about crime tend to elicit illiberal responses, the response to more specific questions related to actual events and a range of sentencing options tends to be less punitive, especially when these involve restitution and reparation.
Problem Type: F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Date of last update 21.06.1997 – 00:00 CEST