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Trust and Confidence in Criminal Justice: A Review of the British Research Literature


Ben Bradford


University of Oxford - Centre for Criminology

Jonathan Jackson


London School of Economics & Political Science - Department of Methodology

Mike Hough


South Bank University

Stephen Farrall


University of Sheffield

November 18, 2008

Bradford, B., Jackson, J., Hough, M. and Farrall, S. (2009). ‘Trust and confidence in criminal justice: A review of the British research literature’, in Jokinen, A., Ruuskanen, E., Yordanova, M., Markov, D.
Ilcheva, M. (eds.), Review of Need: Indicators of Public Confidence in Criminal Justice

Abstract:     
This paper reviews the British research literature on public trust and confidence in criminal justice. The review falls into three sections. The first section documents the ways in which trust, confidence and legitimacy have been defined and measured. The second section outlines (a) levels of public confidence and (b) trends and trajectories over the past few decades. The third examines the various explanations put forward for the roots and dynamics of public perceptions of criminal justice. In line with extant research in this area, the primary focus of the review is on the police.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 20

Keywords: criminal justice, police, courts, trust, confidence, legitimacy, public opinion

JEL Classification: D63

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Date posted: November 19, 2008 ; Last revised: March 11, 2013

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Bradford, Ben and Jackson, Jonathan and Hough, Mike and Farrall, Stephen, Trust and Confidence in Criminal Justice: A Review of the British Research Literature (November 18, 2008). Ilcheva, M. (eds.), Review of Need: Indicators of Public Confidence in Criminal Justice . Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1303567 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1303567

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Mike Hough
South Bank University ( email )
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Stephen Farrall
University of Sheffield ( email )
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Sheffield S10 1FL
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