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Redemption or forfeiture? Understanding diversity in Australians' attitudes to parole

Fitzgerald, Robin, Freiberg, Arie and Bartels, LM 2020 , 'Redemption or forfeiture? Understanding diversity in Australians' attitudes to parole' , Criminology & Criminal Justice, vol. 20, no. 2 , pp. 169-186 .

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Recent Australian reforms to parole following high-profile violations are premised on a purported public desire for greater restrictions on the use of parole. These changes reflect the tendency of legislatures to presume that the public is largely punitive and invoke a 'forfeiture' of rights rationale that weakens support for offender rehabilitation. We consider whether restricting parole is based on a sound reading of public views. Drawing on a national study of public opinion on parole in Australia, we use a latent variable approach to look for distinct patterns in attitudes to parole and re-entry. We also examine what factors explain these patterns. The results support the conclusion that appealing to a public belief in offenders' ability to change may be the most effective way to increase public confidence in parole systems.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Fitzgerald, Robin and Freiberg, Arie and Bartels, LM
Keywords: forfeiture, latent class analysis, parole, public opinion, redeemability
Journal or Publication Title: Criminology & Criminal Justice
Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
ISSN: 1748-8958
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Copyright 2018 The Authors

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