Public Perceptions of Sentencing: Qualitative Research Exploring Causing Death by Driving Offences

Susan Reid, Hannah Biggs, Kaushi Attygalle, Konstantina Vosnaki, Rachel McPherson, Cyrus Tata

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The aim of this research study was to explore public perceptions of the sentencing of causing death by driving offences in Scotland, including the perceptions of families of victims. Until now, no in depth qualitative work has considered Scottish attitudes towards sentencing in this context. The research raises major questions about views of sentencing, the sentencing process and the experiences of bereaved family members.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
Commissioning body Scottish Sentencing Council
Number of pages79
ISBN (Electronic)9781912442256
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2021


  • sentencing
  • victims
  • penal policy
  • criminal justice
  • guilty pleas
  • public attitudes
  • driving offences
  • causing death
  • offenders

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