Source: (1992) In: H. Messmer and H.-U. Otto (eds.), Restorative Justice on Trial: Pitfalls and Potentials of Victim-Offender Mediation: International Research Perspectives. Dordrecht, NETH: Kluwer Academic Publishers, pp. 327-332.Police and sentencers are strongly influenced by media imagery and rhetoric in ways they fail to recognize. The need for fear and excitement coupled with acceptance of unproven assumptions about crime and punishment are synthesized into a script that runs in their heads and prejudges most situations.