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Using Jurors to Explore Public Attitudes to Sentencing


Kate Warner


University of Tasmania

Julia Davis


University of South Australia - School of Law

August 22, 2011

Brit. J. Criminol. (2012) 52, 93-112

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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Keywords: sentencing, public opinion, punitiveness

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Date posted: December 3, 2013  

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Warner, Kate and Davis, Julia, Using Jurors to Explore Public Attitudes to Sentencing (August 22, 2011). Brit. J. Criminol. (2012) 52, 93-112. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2362736 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2362736

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Kate Warner (Contact Author)
University of Tasmania ( email )
French Street
Sandy Bay
Tasmania, 7250
Australia
Julia Davis
University of South Australia - School of Law ( email )
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Adelaide SA 5001
Australia
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HOME PAGE: http://people.unisa.edu.au/Julia.Davis
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