Newspaper juries: A field experiment concerning effect of information on attitudes toward the criminal justice system

H. Elffers, J.W. de Keijser, P.J. van Koppen, L. van Haeringen

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This article reports on a field experiment on the effect of media information on people’s attitudes towards the justice system. For the duration of a year a dutch local newspaper took small groups of readers, called ‘newspaper jurors’, to court sessions of criminal cases and subsequently reported on their experiences and perceptions. Using a quasi-experimental design, we examined whether an attitude change in the general reader population of this particular local newspaper occurred as a result of the jury’s newspaper reports. Findings show that, after the treatment interval of 1 year, no attitude change in the general reader population could be identified that was absent in the control group.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-182
JournalJournal of experimental Criminology
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2007

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