Source: (2003) Fresno, CA: Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies. Fresno Pacific University. Downloaded 11 January 2005.

The research in this project indicates where the public stands on how to meet the goals of a fair and just criminal justice system. People of different ethnic groups, ages, gender, and personal experience with crime in Fresno, California were polled to see how they felt about alternatives to the criminal justice system. Polling Hispanics and African-Americans was especially important because these groups are more often victims of crime than other ethnic groups in Fresno. The research showed that, when given the choice, people favored restorative methods of dealing with crime, rather than retributive methods. (excerpt)


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