An Empirical Analysis of Packer: Public Attitudes for Crime Control vs. Due Process

Amy Bunger, Florida State University
Marc Gertz, Florida State University

ABSTRACT
Community notification statutes, compulsory medication laws for the mentally ill, and video surveillance of high crime neighborhoods suggest public support for movement toward crime control policies which emphasize public safety. We use random sample phone survey data (n-1800) to analyze support for specific crime control policies (random strip searches at airports and bus stations; random traffic stops or checkpoints to check for drunk drivers and drugs; keeping persons convicted of sex crimes who are still considered dangerous in prison past the time they should have been released; telling people when a sex offender moves into their neighborhood). This is compared to degrees of support for due process measures and individual rights (legal services for those who cannot afford them; support for high levels of individual freedom vs. goals of the community).

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