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Too Readily Dismissed? A Victimological Perspective on Penal Populism

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dc.identifier.citation Pemberton, Anotony. (2012). Too readily dismissed? A victimological perspective on penal populism. In Nelen, Hans; Claesen, Jacques (Eds.). Beyond the death penalty. Antwerp, Portland: Intersentia, 105-120. en_US
dc.description.abstract It is no news that many Western societies are experiencing a period of populist punitiveness. In campaigns for tougher sentencing and less emphasis on suspects' and offenders' rights the interests of victims of crime are often invoked. However, academic victimology is largely sceptical of the connection between "law and order" and the plight of victims of crime. The victimological critique of penal populism is threefold. Firstly, it is argued that crime victim surveys reveal victims to be no more punitive than non-victims towards offenders. Secondly, a case is made that instead of retribution and revenge victims prefer different outcomes: for example compensation, support or a sincere apology from the offender. Finally, it is suggested that even if victims state they do want retribution or revenge, it will do them no good. This paper largely supports this victimological consensus, but argues that this does not mean that there is no truth whatsoever in the claims law and order advocates make about victims of crime. For victims of high-impact, severe forms of crime, there is evidence and theory showing them to be more punitive than non-victims and to view retribution as a highly important goal of the criminal justice process, while sentences that victims experience as far too lenient can indeed have negative effects. Taken together therefore the paper contends that penal populism - notwithstanding its manifest manipulative characteristics - is too readily dismissed as representing a part of the victimological reality. [CVRL Note: this book chapter was originally presented at the conference hosted by Maastricht Center for Human Rights, "Beyond the Death Penalty: Reflections on Punishment."] (Author Text) en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Tilburg University en_US
dc.subject Synthesis en_US
dc.subject Position Paper en_US
dc.subject Victim Input en_US
dc.subject Restorative Justice en_US
dc.subject Retaliation en_US
dc.subject Victimization en_US
dc.subject Victim Advocacy en_US
dc.subject Sentence en_US
dc.subject Violent Victimization en_US
dc.subject Trauma en_US
dc.subject Harms en_US
dc.subject Punishment en_US
dc.title Too Readily Dismissed? A Victimological Perspective on Penal Populism en_US
dc.type Book chapter en_US

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