Media Use and its Impacts on Crime Perception, Sentencing Attitudes and Crime Policy

  title={Media Use and its Impacts on Crime Perception, Sentencing Attitudes and Crime Policy},
  author={C. Pfeiffer and Michael Windzio and Matthew Kleimann},
  journal={European Journal of Criminology},
  pages={259 - 285}
The German statistics of police-recorded crime show a decline in total offences over the 10 years up to 2003. In contrast to that trend, survey-based evidence shows that the German public believes or assumes, on balance, that crime has increased. Moreover, the proportion of people who are in favour of tougher sentencing has increased, and multivariate analyses show that the belief that crime is rising is the factor most strongly associated with a preference for stiffer penalties. Further… 

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