Public Perceptions of Sentencing : National Survey Report

Black, Carolyn and Warren, Rachel and Ormston, Rachel and Tata, Cyrus (2019) Public Perceptions of Sentencing : National Survey Report. Scottish Sentencing Council, Edinburgh.

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The research aims to advance understanding of current public knowledge about and attitudes towards sentencing. The research investigated: ▪How lenient/punitive current sentencing is perceived to be ▪Views on what the purposes of sentencing should be (in general and in specific types of cases – for example, sentencing young people) ▪The accuracy of beliefs about current sentencing (e.g. the proportion of custodial sentences given) ▪Views on what sentences ought to be given to particular offences (namely death by driving offences and sexual offences) ▪How public views on sentencing vary depending on specific mitigating and aggravating factors ▪Awareness of different sentencing options.