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Perceptions of Justice: Race and Gender Differences in Judgments of Appropriate Prison Sentences

J. L. Miller, Peter H. Rossi and Jon E. Simpson
Law & Society Review
Vol. 20, No. 3 (1986), pp. 313-334
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Law and Society Association
DOI: 10.2307/3053578
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3053578
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Abstract

This paper reports on research focused on measuring perceptions of justice vis-à-vis an examination of consensus in perceptions of appropriate punishments for convicted offenders. We used a factorial survey design to measure and analyze both the global judgments formed by individuals as well as the judgment-making principles that characterize the race by gender segments of the general population of one jurisdiction. A proximity-to-crime perspective leads us to expect structured similarities and differences in judgments of appropriate prison sentences. A global judgment agreement indicator suggests consensus across the race by gender segments of the Boston metropolitan area over which crimes are serious and trivial. The same indicator, however, shows dissensus within the general population regarding perceptions of appropriate levels of punishment. The research findings suggest that perceived or subjective proximity to crime has stronger implications than objective proximity for judgments of punishments for convicted offenders. The paper concludes that a sense of injustice in regard to punishments prevails for some segments of the general population.

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