Public Opinion, Crime, and Criminal Justice

Synopsis

Utilizing extensive data from the US, and comparisons with Canada and the UK, the authors reveal the truth behind how the public perceives crime and how this perception compares to actual criminal activity. They discuss issues such as public knowledge of crime, sources of crime information, information processing by the public, public attitudes about crime, the effectiveness of punishment, and the role that public opinion plays in the politics of criminal justice issues. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.