An assessment of the attitudes towards crime among professionals in the criminal justice system

Generós Ortet-fabregat, Jorge Pérez

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    Abstract

    Attitudes towards crime held by professionals in the criminal justice system seem to be relevant to the implementation of crime control measures and prison reform programmes. With the aim of describing and comparing the attitudes of these professionals towards the causes, prevention, and treatment of crime, two studies were carried out.In Study 1, a Likert attitude scale was constructed. The Attitudes towards Crime Scale (ACS) showed acceptable levels of reliability and validity. In Study 2 the ACS was administered to various samples of professionals in the criminal justice system. Results showed that attitudes of all groups tended to be favourable to environmental causes and preventive-rehabilitation goals through social assistance. However, expected differences among professional groups were found. © 1992 The Institute for the Study and Treatment of Delinquency.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)193-207
    JournalBritish Journal of Criminology
    Volume32
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1992

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