Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 22 November 2019

Abstract and Keywords

This article reviews the evidence on public knowledge of crime and criminal justice across a number of countries and discusses the implications of public knowledge for public opinion of crime and criminal justice, as well as policymaking. It introduces and explores the concept of public narratives on crime and criminal justice to provide a context for public knowledge and discusses the importance of the stories people tell about crime and criminal justice. The article sets out what the public knows about crime and criminal justice, why this matters (i.e., how knowledge is thought to influence public opinion on crime and criminal justice), approaches to addressing a lack of public knowledge, and the contribution of public narratives to this debate. It suggests that the importance of public knowledge of crime and criminal justice has been overstated.

Keywords: public knowledge, public opinion, crime, criminal justice, public narratives

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.