Preventive and punitive criminal justice policy support in Trinidad: The media's role
Abbreviated Journal Title
Crime Media Cult.
crime prevention; media influence; public attitudes; punitivism; Trinidad; TELEVISION-NEWS; PUBLIC SUPPORT; CRIME; FEAR; ATTITUDES; IDEOLOGY; THINK; Criminology & Penology; Sociology
An unresolved research question regarding crime and justice policy is the relationship between an individual's media consumption and their support for punitive and preventive criminal justice policies. The relationship between media, crime, and justice is under-examined in countries other than the United States and Britain and the relationship between media and criminal justice policy support remains less than fully understood in all locales. In response, an examination of a media-policy relationship in a Western democracy not previously studied was conducted. Based on data from an October 2005 national telephone survey of Trinidad and Tobago residents, this study measured support for punitive and preventive criminal justice policies in association with crime and justice media consumption and worldviews. Multivariate analysis showed that, for Trinidadians, support for punitive policies was significantly related to perceiving television crime dramas as realistic and crime news as accurate. For preventive policy support, the same media factors plus the level of exposure to crime dramas on television were significant. Overall, media were found to play similar but not especially strong roles in support levels for both punitive and preventive criminal justice policies.
Crime Media Culture
"Preventive and punitive criminal justice policy support in Trinidad: The media's role" (2011). Faculty Bibliography 2010s. 1969.