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Journal of Experimental Criminology

, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp 163–182

A field experiment concerning the effect of information on attitudes towards the criminal justice systemFirst Online: 27 April 2007


This article reports on a field experiment on the effect of media information on people’s attitudes towards the justice system. For the duration of a year a Dutch local newspaper took small groups of readers, called ‘newspaper jurors’, to court sessions of criminal cases and subsequently reported on their experiences and perceptions. Using a quasi-experimental design, we examined whether an attitude change in the general reader population of this particular local newspaper occurred as a result of the jury’s newspaper reports. Findings show that, after the treatment interval of 1 year, no attitude change in the general reader population could be identified that was absent in the control group.

KeywordsAttitude change Confidence in criminal justice system Factual information Perceptions of crime and justice  Download fulltext PDF

Author: Henk Elffers - Jan W. de Keijser - Peter J. van Koppen - Laurien van Haeringen



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