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Should Policy Makers Listen To The Experts Or To The Public?



4 March 2010

In New South Wales, the gap between public perceptions of crime and punishment and the evidence is producing poor policies and poor outcomes, writes Dr Murray Lee.

In an article for newmatilda.com - co-authored with Dr Jonathan Jackson of the London School of Economics (LSE) - Dr Lee stipulates that despite the fact that the rate of imprisonment in NSW is almost twice that of Victoria and has been increasing since1999, people in NSW feel no safer than residents of other states.

"A wide discrepancy between the views of the public and the practice of the justice system undermines the legitimacy that institutions of criminal justice rely upon not only to justify their very existence, but also to foster public cooperation and ultimately compliance with the law."

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