Political ideology and reactions to crime victims: preferences for restorative and punitive responses

 

Author(s)Gromet, Dena M. and John M. Darley
Title Political ideology and reactions to crime victims: preferences for restorative and punitive responses
Source Journal of Empirical Legal Studies,2011, Vol 8, Issue 4, pp.830-855
Date 2011
Document type Journal article
Summary In this article the authors explore political ideology and justice mindsets, and in particular whether conservative responses to wrongdoings are more likely to reflect a punitive mindset and liberal responses more likely to reflect a reparative mindset. Two studies were conducted online, with the first study examining people's reactions to harm that has been caused to an individual victim. The aim of the first study was to demonstrate that there are ideological differences in what people think are the best responses to victimisation. The second study explored whether people consider the plight of the victim when considering a crime, and investigates how people's support for retributive and restorative options is affected by their reactions to victim harm.
Keywords Justice; restorative; punitive; reactions
Topic

Restorative justice