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cj week 2 - in the local community The media needs to...

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I feel the media can greatly influence the public attitudes about crime. Every adult in this country knows we have crimes that happen every day. But unless they personally know the person or people involved in the crime it would go mainly unnoticed. That is until people read about it in the paper or see it on the evening news. This is how most people learn about crimes in their areas. If a victim is portrayed as being helpless to prevent the crime or event they will get sympathy from the public. But if they are portrayed as being at fault the public will be against them. If the press portrays local crimes heavily it can increase the public’s fear for their safety. But if the public reads about crimes that happen in other cities more than their own they can feel safer
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Unformatted text preview: in the local community. The media needs to acknowledge their role in how the public views crime and take responsibility for the problems they can cause by what they print. An environment of fear breeds trouble for everyone. If a person has read about large about of muggings taking place they may arm themselves for protection, this could lead to someone being shot for asking for directions. SOURCES Dowler Kenneth, MEDIA CONSUMPTION AND PUBLIC ATTITUDES TOWARD CRIME AND JUSTICE: THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN FEAR OF CRIME, PUNITIVE ATTITUDES, AND PERCEIVED POLICE EFFECTIVENESS, JCJPC spring/summer 2003 Viewed on June 13, 2010 at http://www.albany.edu/scj/jcjpc/vol10is2/dowler.pdf...
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