Public Perceptions of Sentencing: National Survey Report

Carolyn Black, Rachel Warren, Rachel Ormston, Cyrus Tata

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
Commissioning bodyScottish Sentencing Council
Number of pages64
ISBN (Electronic)9781912442140
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sep 2019


  • sentencing
  • public attitudes
  • public opinion
  • sexual offences
  • driving offences
  • punishment
  • criminal Justice


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