Changing attitudes toward the criminal justice system: results of an experimental study

 

Author(s) Tanasichuk, Carrie L., and J. Stephen Wormith
Title Changing attitudes toward the criminal justice system: results of an experimental study
Source Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice,October 2012, Volume 54, No. 4, pp415-441
Date 2012
Document type Journal article
Coverage Canada
Summary In this study the authors explored whether public confidence in the criminal justice system (CJS) can be increased by providing factual information regarding crime and justice in Canada and whether active learning has an effect on this. For the study 140 participants were recruited from an introductory psychology course at a Canadian university. Participants were randomly assigned to one of four conditions. The first two groups received information about the CJS and one group were passive learners, listening to a presentation and the other group were involved in active learning that included group discussion. The other two groups were similarly structured in passive and active groups and acted as control with the information supplied regarding health care. The results of the study supported previous studies and indicated that although passive learning can increase CJS knowledge, a change of attitude needs an active engagement and deeper understanding.
Keywords Criminal justice system satisfaction; attitudes; confidence; cjs.
Topic

Criminal Justice System; Victims needs