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The impact of justice and vengance motives on sentencing decisions

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Robert Ho, Lynne Forsterlee, Robert Forsterlee
The present study was designed to address the question of how justice and vengeance motives may impact differentially on the severity of punishment meted out to offenders. Based on the systematic-heuristic model of decision-making, it was hypothesized that (a) vengeance motives will exert a greater indirect influence on punitive judgement, being mediated by the source characteristic of 'mitigating circumstances', than a direct influence, and (b) justice motives will exert a greater direct rather than an indirect influence on punitive judgements. Results from a path analysis are generally consistent with these predictions. Multi-group path analysis yielded no significant gender differences in the way that justice and vengeance motives influenced the severity of the punitive judgements. The implications of these findings are discussed.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Start Page

165

End Page

183

Number of Pages

19

ISBN-10

1590338685

Publisher

Nova Science Publishers

Place of Publication

New York

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Faculty of Arts, Health and Sciences; TBA Research Institute;

Era Eligible

Yes

Number of Chapters

8