Imprisonment and penal demands

Exploring the dimensions and drivers of systemic and attitudinal punitivity

Authored by: Tapio Lappi-Seppälä

The Routledge Handbook of European Criminology

Print publication date:  July  2013
Online publication date:  August  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415685849
eBook ISBN: 9780203083505
Adobe ISBN: 9781136185496

10.4324/9780203083505.ch17

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Abstract

Punitivity can be characterized as a ‘a mix of attitudes, enactments, motivations, policies, practices, and ways of thinking that taken together express greater intolerance of deviance and deviants, and greater support for harsher policies and severe punishments’ (Tonry, 2007, p. 5). There are two distinct dimensions to this: systemic responses (for example, sanctions and police practices) and sentiments and attitudes (see also Kury and Shea, 2011).

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