Public Opinion, Crime, and Criminal Justice

@article{Roberts1992PublicOC,
  title={Public Opinion, Crime, and Criminal Justice},
  author={Julian V. Roberts},
  journal={Crime and Justice},
  year={1992},
  volume={16},
  pages={99 - 180}
}
Research on public knowledge has found that the public knows little about crime or the criminal justice system including crime-related statistics such as crime rates, recidivism rates, and average sentences. Members of the public have little familiarity with specific laws or with their legal rights. Although some research shows that most people favor the imposition of harsher sentences on convicted offenders, more refined research reveals that the public is not more punitive than the judiciary… 
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