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Caning, Context and Class: Mapping the Gaps Between Expert and Public Understandings of Public Safety

For justice reform efforts to be sustained, we need ways to navigate public perceptions of crime and punishment. This study offers a map of dominant thinking.
Alexis Bunten, Nathaniel Kendall-Taylor and Eric Lindland
April 14, 2011

This report lays the groundwork for this larger reframing effort by comparing expert discourse on the topic with the ways that average Americans think and talk about public safety. Data from interviews with both experts and average Americans are compared to locate and examine gaps in understanding surrounding this issue.