When do People Value Rehabilitation and Restorative Justice Over the Punishment of Offenders?

Moss, S, Lee, E, Berman, A and Rung, D 2018, 'When do People Value Rehabilitation and Restorative Justice Over the Punishment of Offenders?', Victims and Offenders, pp. 1-20.


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Title When do People Value Rehabilitation and Restorative Justice Over the Punishment of Offenders?
Author(s) Moss, S
Lee, E
Berman, A
Rung, D
Year 2018
Journal name Victims and Offenders
Start page 1
End page 20
Total pages 20
Publisher Routledge
Abstract The authors explored the characteristics of individuals that affect their attitudes toward restorative justice--in which offenders, victims, and communities meet to redress the damage the offence had caused. Across three studies, participants completed questionnaires that assessed whether they believe that people in general, or offenders in particular, can change fundamentally as well as attitudes toward restorative justice, rehabilitation, and punishment. In one study, the questionnaire also included measures of social dominance orientation, goal orientation, and future clarity. Generally, participants who believed that offenders can change fundamentally were more likely to agree to participate in restorative justice meetings and endorse rehabilitation over punishment. Yet, the belief that individuals in general can change fundamentally was not significantly associated with these attitudes toward alternative responses to crime. Social dominance orientation was inversely, and a learning orientation and future clarity were positively, associated with this belief that offenders can change. Thus, interventions that diminish inequality in income, privileges, and influence-and thus curb a social dominance orientation-may foster an openness toward restorative justice. Initiatives that continually reward people who gradually develop their expertise, and thus promote a learning orientation, should also foster this openness toward alternatives to custodial sentences.
Subject Forensic Psychology
Social and Community Psychology
Human Rights and Justice Issues
Keyword(s) Attitudes
learning orientation
mindsets
punishment
restorative justice
DOI - identifier 10.1080/15564886.2018.1539688
Copyright notice © 2018 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN 1556-4886
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