Source: (2008) In Arie Freiberg and Karen Gelb, Eds., Penal Populism, Sentencing Councils and Sentencing Policy. Cullompton, Devon UK: Willan Publishing. Pp. 15-30This chapter explores the relationship between public opinion and sentencing policy as well as practice. Recent years have witnessed change in the importance ascribed to views of the public in both areas. The chapter begins by evaluating the evidence that public opinion influences sentencing practices or sentencing policies. It then discusses the increased attention currently paid to public views (excerpt).