Assessing Public Support For Three-Strikes-And-You'Re-Out Laws: Global Versus Specific Attitudes
Abbreviated Journal Title
PUNISHMENT; OFFENDERS; SANCTIONS; SEVERITY; VIEW; Criminology & Penology
In the recent movement to pass ''three-strikes-and-you're-out'' laws, policymakers often cite opinion polls that ostensibly show widespread public support for these initiatives. Our community survey, however reveals that support for three-strikes laws is high when citizens are asked broad single-item questions, but diminishes greatly when citizens are presented with specific situations covered under the law. Further; the public appears willing to make exceptions to three-strikes laws. Taken together; these findings suggest that citizens would endorse three-strikes policies that focus on only the most serious offenders and that allow for flexible application.
Crime & Delinquency
"Assessing Public Support For Three-Strikes-And-You'Re-Out Laws: Global Versus Specific Attitudes" (1996). Faculty Bibliography 1990s. 1539.