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The public sense of justice in Scandinavia: A study of attitudes towards punishments
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Criminology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Criminology.
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2015 (English)In: European Journal of Criminology, ISSN 1477-3708, E-ISSN 1741-2609, Vol. 12, no 3, 342-361 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Crime policy is increasingly legitimised by reference to the public sense of justice. A research project has therefore been conducted in all five Scandinavian countries in order to examine the public’s views on punishment. These views have been examined by means of simple questions in telephone interviews, by vignettes in postal questionnaires, and by focus groups having seen a film of a mock trial. The results show that when asked simple questions, the public want stiffer sentences. In their assessments of the vignette crimes, the public demands on average lower prison sentences than judges, and this tendency becomes stronger in the focus group study. The propensities towards punitiveness seem to diminish with more information and increasing proximity to the parties involved. 

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2015. Vol. 12, no 3, 342-361 p.
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public sense of justice, punitiveness, Scandinavia
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Sociology Law and Society
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-117185DOI: 10.1177/1477370815571948ISI: 000352783000005OAI: diva2:811321
Available from: 2015-05-11 Created: 2015-05-11 Last updated: 2015-05-18Bibliographically approved

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