Brit. J. Criminol. (2012) 52, 93-112
20 Pages Posted: 3 Dec 2013
Date Written: August 22, 2011
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.
Keywords: sentencing, public opinion, punitiveness
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2362736 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2362736