Recent Public Opinion in the United States Toward Punishment and Corrections

  title={Recent Public Opinion in the United States Toward Punishment and Corrections},
  author={Christopher A. Innes},
  journal={The Prison Journal},
  pages={220 - 236}
  • C. Innes
  • Published 1 June 1993
  • Law
  • The Prison Journal
This article reviews recent public opinion data concerning punishment and corrections, yielding a number of apparently contradictory viewpoints. Rather than being irrational or unrealistic, these patterns of responses, it is argued here, can be deciphered only by assuming that the public holds a complex, generalized system of beliefs about punishment and corrections. This system of beliefs, however, is organized around broader symbols and images, not a set of mutually exclusive and logically… 
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