Source: (1984) Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology 17(2):108-117.

A study tests the proposition that the public will be likely to accept a reduction in the use of imprisonment as a penalty for property offenders if these offenders are required to make restitution. Surveys were conducted of two random samples of 1,200 persons each drawn from the 1982 New Zealand electoral rolls. Results support the view that the public will accept a reduction in imprisonment if it is offset by an increase in requiring offenders to make restitution to their victims.