Why are we so fascinated by crime and deviance? If the media can so successfully engage the public’s fascination, can they equally tap into – and increase – people’s fears about crime? Is the media’s interest in – some would say, obsession with – crime harmful? What exactly is the relationship between the mass media and crime?
Rethinking position on penal populism
The instrumental approach to compliance has often been reduced to a sort of penal populism, and the associated policies boiled down to an over-simplistic “getting tough” approach. According to Professor John Pratt, a leading international authority on penal populism, the original concept of “penal populism” was initially outlined in the work of Sir Anthony Bottoms, a criminologist at Cambridge University.
Public Discussion: Countering Organized Crime in Bulgaria: a Study on the Legal Framework
On 30 March 2012 the Center for the Study of Democracy organized a public discussion on the report Countering Organized Crime in Bulgaria: a Study on the Legal Framework. Representatives of the judiciary, the Ministry of Justice, experts, academics and attorneys took part in the discussion.
Policy Briefing and Presentation: Public Trust in Criminal Justice
On February 23, 2012, the Center for the Study of Democracy organized a presentation of a report on the Public Trust in Criminal Justice. The authors presented their analysis of the study results on the public trust in the police and courts, the public perceptions of the level of corruption in these institutions and the subjective perceptions of fear of crime in Bulgaria.