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Prison Legitimacy and Procedural Fairness: A Multilevel Examination of Prisoners in England and Wales

Brunton-Smith, Ian and McCarthy, Daniel (2015) Prison Legitimacy and Procedural Fairness: A Multilevel Examination of Prisoners in England and Wales Justice Quarterly, 33 (6). pp. 1029-1054.

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Abstract

The procedural justice model has been widely used as an explanation for understanding legitimacy and compliance with the law, particularly within the context of policing. Central to this model is the importance of procedural fairness—in which the treatment of citizens and offenders by criminal justice agents can play a key role in building legitimacy and influencing compliance with legal rules and values. This paper examines the relationship between procedural fairness and legitimacy within the context of corrections. Drawing on data from a longitudinal survey of more than 3,000 prisoners across England and Wales, we identify an important link between procedural fairness and prisoner perceptions of legitimacy. We further examine variations in legitimacy in terms of individual prisoner characteristics, conditions within prison, as well as differences between prisons.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Brunton-Smith, IanI.R.Brunton-Smith@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
McCarthy, DanielD.Mccarthy@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Date : 11 May 2015
Identification Number : 10.1080/07418825.2015.1023215
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2015 Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
Uncontrolled Keywords : Prison legitimacy; Procedural justice; Multilevel
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 01 Dec 2017 12:40
Last Modified : 01 Dec 2017 12:40
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/845089

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