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dc.contributor.authorPiquero, AR
dc.contributor.authorPiquero, NL
dc.contributor.authorGertz, M
dc.contributor.authorBratton, J
dc.contributor.authorLoughran, TA
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T12:00:12Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T12:00:12Z
dc.date.issued2012
dc.date.modified2012-04-23T22:01:11Z
dc.identifier.issn1066-2316
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s12103-011-9145-z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/44619
dc.description.abstractDeterrence lies at the heart of the criminal justice system and policy. There is a lack of information on citizen's perceptions regarding a critical element of the deterrence process as it manifests through the communication of sanction threats. This study uses data from over 400 adults to examine their knowledge regarding the probability of detection and the average punishments for DUI, and also assesses the contribution of demographic and theoretical variables in predicting perceptions of detection probabilities and punishment estimates. Results show that persons overestimate the likelihood of detection and provide higher estimates for average sentence lengths, but very few variables predict deterrence perceptions. An investigation of the resetting effect shows that persons tend to lower the estimated likelihood of punishment after experiencing a punishment. Deterrence may work better if researchers and policy officials understand what influences these perceptions and how they may be modified.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.description.publicationstatusYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherSpringer New York LLC
dc.publisher.placeUnited States
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationN
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom630
dc.relation.ispartofpageto646
dc.relation.ispartofjournalAmerican Journal of Criminal Justice
dc.relation.ispartofvolume37
dc.rights.retentionY
dc.subject.fieldofresearchCauses and Prevention of Crime
dc.subject.fieldofresearchCriminology
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPolicy and Administration
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode160201
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1602
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1605
dc.titleSometimes Ignorance is Bliss: Investigating Citizen Perceptions of the Certainty and Severity of Punishment
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
gro.facultyArts, Education & Law Group, Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance
gro.date.issued2011
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text
gro.griffith.authorPiquero, Alex R.


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