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Using jurors to explore public attitudes to sentencing
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-17, 14:13 authored by Catherine WarnerCatherine Warner, Davis, J
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.
Publication titleBritish Journal of Criminology
Department/SchoolFaculty of Law
PublisherOxford University Press
Place of publicationUK
Rights statementCopyright 2011 The Authors. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies.