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Sex offenders’ perceptions of the police and courts: are there spillover effects?

Brown, SJ; Tramontano, C; McKillop, N; Smallbone, S; Wortley, RK; (2017) Sex offenders’ perceptions of the police and courts: are there spillover effects? Criminal Justice and Behavior 10.1177/0093854817739043. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Individuals convicted of sexual offenses are rarely asked their views of the police and courts. The aims of this study were to examine the impact of feelings of guilt on perceptions of the police and police interview outcomes and spill-over effects from perceptions of the police to perceptions of the courts. Participants were 116 adult males incarcerated for sexual offenses who were invited to report their perceptions of police interviewers, feelings at the time of interview, interview outcomes, and perceptions of the court process. Feelings of guilt were related to perceptions of the police. Both feelings of guilt and perceptions of the police were associated with interview outcomes. Spill-over effects were found as perceptions of the police were directly related to perceptions of the courts. The findings highlight the important role of police officers as gatekeepers to the criminal justice system, with associated implications for police officers’ training and practice.

Type: Article
Title: Sex offenders’ perceptions of the police and courts: are there spillover effects?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/0093854817739043
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1177/0093854817739043
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: sex offenders’ perceptions, police interviews, courts, procedural justice, spill-over effects
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Security and Crime Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10030797
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