Exploring public support for suspended sentences in the Netherlands

P.G.M. Aarten, Jean-Louis van Gelder, Willemijn Lamet, Matthias Borgers, Peter van der Laan

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Abstract

Using data from a representative sample of the Dutch population (n = 656), we examined to what extent confidence in the criminal justice system, punitive penal attitudes and political orientation relate to public support for suspended sentences. Mediation and moderation analyses were done to further explore the dynamics behind public support for suspended sentences. Results showed that confidence in the criminal justice system, punitive penal attitudes and political orientation were related to public support for suspended sentences. In addition, support was found for our mediation and moderation hypothesis. In our conclusion we illustrate the importance of examining these factors in determining public support for suspended sentences.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)188-207
Number of pages20
JournalEuropean Journal of Criminology
Volume12
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • confidence
  • penal attitudes
  • political orientation
  • public support
  • suspended sentences

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    Aarten, P. G. M., van Gelder, J-L., Lamet, W., Borgers, M., & van der Laan, P. (2015). Exploring public support for suspended sentences in the Netherlands. European Journal of Criminology, 12(2), 188-207. http://hdl.handle.net/10411/20553