Belief in Redeemability and Punitive Public Opinion: “Once a Criminal, Always a Criminal” Revisited
Criminal Justice & Behavior
In 2009, Maruna and King presented results from a British survey showing that the public’s belief in the redeemability of people who committed offenses curbed their level of punitiveness. Based on a 2017 national survey in the United States (n = 1,000), the current study confirms that redeemability is negatively related to punitive attitudes. In addition, the analyses reveal that this belief predicts support for rehabilitation and specific inclusionary policies (i.e., ban-the-box in employment, expungement of criminal records, and voting rights for people with a felony conviction). Findings regarding measures for punishment and rehabilitation were confirmed by a 2019 Mechanical Turk (MTurk) survey. These results suggest that beliefs about capacity for change among people who committed offenses are key to understanding crime-control public policy.
Burton, Alexander L., Francis T. Cullen, Velmer S. Burton Jr., Amanda Graham, Leah C. Butler, Angela J. Thielo.
"Belief in Redeemability and Punitive Public Opinion: “Once a Criminal, Always a Criminal” Revisited."
Criminal Justice & Behavior, 47 (6): 712-732: SAGE Journal.
doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/0093854820913585 source: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0093854820913585