Research Bulletin - Just Punishment: Public Perceptions and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines

In this study, more than 1,700 citizens throughout the U.S. provided their opinions on "just punishment" and crime seriousness issues. This paper describes the survey and its methodology, comparing public attitudes with the corresponding sentencing guideline ranges for four selected federal offenses: drug trafficking, bank robbery, immigration offenses, and fraud. (March 1997)