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Friday, December 13, 2013

Warner & Davis on Using Jurors to Explore Public Attitudes to Sentencing

Kate Warner and Julia Davis (University of Tasmania and University of South Australia - School of Law) have posted Using Jurors to Explore Public Attitudes to Sentencing (Brit. J. Criminol. (2012) 52, 93-112) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

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 offense types.

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