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Punitiveness, Fear of Crime, and Perceptions of Violence

NCJ Number
Canadian Journal of Sociology Volume: 12 Issue: 4 Dated: (1987) Pages: 331-344
R A Wanner; T C Caputo
Date Published
14 pages
A multivariate model to account for attitudes of punitiveness toward offenders was developed and tested.
The only factor that had a significant effect on the degree of punitiveness favored by the respondents was the degree of violence of the crime. However, in general, those more knowledgeable about the prevalence of violent crime in Canada tended to favor less severe sentences for offenders. While these same individuals were less fearful about violent crime, this did not necessarily translate into less punitive attitudes. Respondents attributed a higher level of harm to violent acts, than to property crimes, which seemed to contribute to their attitudes of more severe punitiveness for violent crimes. (Author abstract modified)


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