Public Trust in Criminal Justice: A Review of the Research Literature in the United States

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

18 Pages Posted: 29 Mar 2009 Last revised: 11 Mar 2013

Ben Bradford

University of Oxford - Centre for Criminology

Jonathan Jackson

London School of Economics & Political Science - Department of Methodology

Date Written: January 1, 2009

Abstract

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.

Keywords: trust, police, legitimacy, confidence, justice

Suggested Citation

Bradford, Ben and Jackson, Jonathan, Public Trust in Criminal Justice: A Review of the Research Literature in the United States (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. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1369704 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1369704

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