Media coverage and public understanding of sentencing policy in relation to crimes against children

 
 
Author(s) Berry, Mike, Philo, Greg, Tiripelli, Giuliana, Docherty, Stevie and Macpherson, Colin
Title Media coverage and public understanding of sentencing policy in relation to crimes against children
Source Criminology and Criminal Justice, Online February 14, 2012
Date 2012
Document type Journal article
Coverage United Kingdom
Summary

Research suggests that the public tend to view the sentences handed down by the courts as far too lenient. However, some researchers assert that the surveys used to assess public opinion elicit particularly punitive responses, whereas other means of assessment have found that when provided with the relevant facts of the case, the public are generally no more punitive than the courts.

The researchers examined three months of press and television coverage looking at the editorial approach to serious crime, particularly those crimes involving children. They posit that the highly critical public views of the inadequacy of sentencing are significantly influenced by the media representations of serious crime and that the capacity to influence public sentiment is particularly prevalent in the tabloid press.

Keywords Media, press, children, sentencing
Topic Media