TOUGH LAWS. POLICYMAKER PERCEPTIONS AND COMMITMENT

Mail survey data are drawn on to assess the opinions of 4 groups of Californian policymakers -- state assembly members, county sheriffs, county chief probation officers, and state senators (total N = 163) -- on the effectiveness and consequences of, and their commitment to, "tough" criminal legislation, specifically, 1982 driving-under-the-influence DUI laws. Results suggest that the policymakers recognized that some problems were created by tough laws, specifically jail crowding. Differences existed, however, between the various populations on the perceptions of the effectiveness of such law changes and their commitment to them.

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    ,   United States 
  • Authors:
    • Kinkade, P T
    • Leone, M C
    • Welsh, W N
  • Publication Date: 1995

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 157-178
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00726806
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 4 1996 12:00AM