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Perception of the criminal justice system by sex.

Perception of the criminal justice system by sex.

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Technical Report
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A 2014 study confirms that males are more likely than females to get caught up in violence. This is despite the fact that both males and females are generally just as likely to be victims of crime. Women were more concerned than men for their safety when walking in neighbourhood, both during the day and night. In general both men and women had simi...

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... so, this may help explain the reactions of males to this question. Although men and women agreed on many on their perceptions regarding the criminal justice system, there were differences between the sexes when it came to trusting the police, opinions of obtaining a fair trial and actions as to how crime could be reduced, Table 3. The difference between the sexes in approaching crime reduction (preventing rather than increasing penalties) suggests that society as a whole is divided as to the best way forward. ...


... However, despite these limitations, the results confirm much that is established in the literature, females feeling less safe than males and age related different associated with safety. The results are also in general agreement with the findings from the 2014 LAPOP study on The Bahamas, which have been reported by Sutton & Ruprah (2017) and Fielding (2015). ...
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Official statistics indicate that crime in The Bahamas has been declining since 2011. This study was undertaken to determine if the perception of fear of crime and residents' feelings of safety were influenced by the decline in reported crime. An Internet based survey which obtained responses from 1,913 residents, indicated that relatively few people felt that crime has decreased and relatively few had their feelings of safety influenced by the crime statistics. Victims of crime, and those who knew a victim of crime, in the previous 12 months, had lower perceptions of safety than those who were not victims of crime. This suggests that the perceptions of safety may remain static until residents not only suffer less victimization, but also hear less about it from associates who are victims. While residents continue to fail to report all the crimes from which they suffer, they contribute to the under-reporting of crime, and so to the fear of the unknown associated with not knowing the accurate occurrence of crime.
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This review of the literature concerning corporal punishment arising from The Bahamas enables us to identify several strands: (1) corporal punishment is an historically accepted method of controlling children which only recently has been called into question; (2) school teachers have typically seen corporal punishment as a useful classroom management tool; (3) there has been unease about its use in schools which has resulted in its regulation; (4) more recently, there has been evidence of the awareness of the long-term negative effects of corporal punishment; and (5) the rise of social media has made corporal punishment and its potential abuses visible to a wider audience. These strands appear to have woven together to move the country in a direction of outlawing corporal punishment, at least in schools.