Bad Guys and Good Guys: Moral Polarization and Crime

Synopsis

Are victims "good guys" and criminals "bad guys"? Sometimes--but often the public's stereotypes and perceptions of offenders, victims, and groups are quite complex. In this, the most extensive analysis yet published on images of criminals and victims, Claster explains why the public as well as its representatives resist measures that would seem to be sensible ways of ameliorating crime; yet community service, shock probation, determinate sentencing, and reality therapy are embraced by the public. In the process of explaining these contradictions, he shows how moral polarization is central to explaining public attitudes.