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Sentencing and public confidence: Results from a national Australian survey on public opinions towards sentencing

Mackenzie, Geraldine; Spiranovic, Caroline; Warner, Kate; Stobbs, Nigel; Gelb, Karen; Indermaur, David; Roberts, Lynne; Broadhurst, Roderic; Bouhours, Thierry


This paper examines the critical issue of public confidence in sentencing, and presents findings from Phase I of an Australia-wide sentencing and public confidence project. Phase I comprised a nationally representative telephone survey of 6005 participants. The majority of respondents expressed high levels of punitiveness and were dissatisfied with sentences imposed by the courts. Despite this, many were strongly supportive of the use of alternatives to imprisonment for a range of offences....[Show more]

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Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology
DOI: 10.1177/0004865811431328


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