Public Trust in Criminal Justice: A Review of the Research Literature in the United States
University of Oxford - Centre for Criminology
London School of Economics & Political Science: Department of Methodology
January 1, 2009
Bradford, B. and Jackson, J. (2009). ‘Public Trust in Criminal Justice: A Review of the Research Literature in the United States’, in Jokinen, A., Ruuskanen, E., Yordanova, M., Markov, D. and Ilcheva, M. (eds.), Review of Need: Indicators of Public Confidence in Criminal Justice for Policy Assessmen
This paper reviews the US research literature on trust in criminal justice. In the first section, the concept of trust and confidence is discussed. In the second section, the trajectory and distribution of trust in justice in the US is outlined. In the final section, different explanatory models of trust in justice are examined.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 18
Keywords: trust, police, legitimacy, confidence, justiceAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: March 29, 2009 ; Last revised: March 11, 2013
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