Improving public attitudes to the Criminal Justice System: the impact of information

 
Author(s)Chapman, Becca, Catriona Mirrlees-Black and Claire Brawn
Title Improving public attitudes to the Criminal Justice System: the impact of information
Source Home Office Research Study 245,July 2002, pp1-66
Date 2002
Document type Research report
Coverage United Kingdom
Summary The aims of this study were to determine if providing information about the criminal justice system (CJS) has an effect on levels of public knowledge and confidence in the CJS and which is the best method of presenting information. For the study a randomly selected sample of 1022 people answered a questionnaire about knowledge of crime and sentencing. In the second stage of the study 220 people participated in an experiment, testing the impact of how information is provided, either through reading a booklet, watching a video or attending a seminar. A low take up rate for attending the seminar was a particular issue. It was found that after being given information about crime and criminal justice system procedures and practices, participants were generally less worried about becoming a victim of crime and less likely to say sentencing was too lenient, and more confident in the effectiveness of the criminal justice system. Each of the three information formats was shown to have improved knowledge and had some influence on attitudes.
Keywords Criminal justice system satisfaction; attitudes; confidence; information; sentencing.
Topic

Criminal justice system