Attitudes and public punishment preferences : Finnish results of Scandinavian sense of justice research

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dc.contributor University of Helsinki, Research Units of the Faculty of Social Sciences en
dc.contributor.author Kääriäinen, Juha Tapio
dc.date.accessioned 2018-12-04T08:14:02Z
dc.date.available 2018-12-04T08:14:02Z
dc.date.issued 2018-08-03
dc.identifier.citation Kääriäinen , J T 2018 , ' Attitudes and public punishment preferences : Finnish results of Scandinavian sense of justice research ' , Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention , vol. 19 , no. 2 , pp. 152-169 . https://doi.org/10.1080/14043858.2018.1502946 en
dc.identifier.issn 1404-3858
dc.identifier.other PURE: 115100257
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dc.identifier.other Scopus: 85052113709
dc.identifier.other ORCID: /0000-0001-7357-9795/work/51330367
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/270213
dc.description.abstract Opinion polls have repeatedly shown that populations favour severe penalties for offenders. However, surveys using a case vignette method, where the attributes of the case described to the respondents are varied, produce more versatile results. Such research gives a nuanced picture of punitive attitudes. In this study, the sentence decisions of laypeople who are informed about the offender’s criminal history, ethnic background, gender, social issues and substance abuse were examined. A representative mail survey collected in Finland as part of Scandinavian sense of justice research was used as empirical data. Respondents were presented with six criminal cases and asked to determine sentences for them. All respondents received the same vignettes, but the background attributes of the offenders varied randomly. This study showed that all the background attributes had a clear connection to the sentence decisions. Considering these results, the idea of a ‘general punitive attitude’, which is commonly used in academic literature, appears to be too simple of a way to look at the relationship between attitudes and punishment decisions. fi
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention
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dc.subject 5141 Sociology en
dc.subject attitudes en
dc.subject punishment preferences en
dc.subject factorial survey en
dc.subject sentencing en
dc.subject Finland en
dc.title Attitudes and public punishment preferences : Finnish results of Scandinavian sense of justice research en
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dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.1080/14043858.2018.1502946
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