n Media Tenor International - now incorporating Media Tenor SA - Media use and its impacts on crime perception, sentencing attitudes and crime policy : media, evil and society : media profile

Volume 2005, Issue 1
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Extracted from text ... I n democratic societies, crime policy and its management by parliaments and ministries largely depends on trends in crime. If, over a prolonged period, the media report strong upward trends in the number of crimes committed and if the public debate on crime focuses on spectacular, serious crimes, policymakers come under heavy pressure to increase statutory punishments and tighten the rules of procedure for criminal prosecutions. The courts in turn feel duty bound to hand out tougher sentences - passed in the name of the people, their judgements are meant to refl ect public opinion . The question thus ..

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