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AN ASSESSMENT OF THE ATTITUDES TOWARDS CRIME AMONG PROFESSIONALS IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM

Generós Ortet-Fabregat and Jorge Pérez
The British Journal of Criminology
Vol. 32, No. 2 (Spring 1992), pp. 193-207
Published by: Oxford University Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23638331
Page Count: 15
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AN ASSESSMENT OF THE ATTITUDES TOWARDS CRIME AMONG PROFESSIONALS IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
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Abstract

Attitudes towards crime held by professionals in the criminal justice system seem to be relevant to the implementation of crime control measures and prison reform programmes. With the aim of describing and comparing the attitudes of these professionals towards the causes, prevention, and treatment of crime, two studies were carried out. In Study 1, a Likert attitude scale was constructed. The Attitudes towards Crime Scale (ACS) showed acceptable levels of reliability and validity. In Study 2 the ACS was administered to various samples of professionals in the criminal justice system. Results showed that attitudes of all groups tended to be favourable to environmental causes and preventive—rehabilitation goals through social assistance. However, expected differences among professional groups were found.

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