Watching the Detectives: Crime Programming, Fear of Crime, and Attitudes about the Criminal Justice System

  title={Watching the Detectives: Crime Programming, Fear of Crime, and Attitudes about the Criminal Justice System},
  author={Lisa A. Kort-Butler and Kelley J. Sittner Hartshorn},
  journal={The Sociological Quarterly},
  pages={36 - 55}
Research demonstrates a complex relationship between television viewing and fear of crime. Social critics assert that media depictions perpetuate the dominant cultural ideology about crime and criminal justice. This article examines whether program type differentially affects fear of crime and perceptions of the crime rate. Next, it tests whether such programming differentially affects viewers' attitudes about the criminal justice system, and if these relationships are mediated by fear. Results… 
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