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Table 4 Prison inmates', prison employees' and college students' answers on questions aimed at gauging assumptions and opinions regarding prisoners, crime and punishment.

From: Attitudes towards prisoners, as reported by prison inmates, prison employees and college students

  PRISON INMATES N = 305 PRISON EMPLOYEES N = 390 COLLEGE STUDENTS N = 184 Pearson's Chi Square
QUESTION Yes No Don't know Correlation with ATP1 Yes No Don't know Correlation with ATP1 Yes No Don't know Correlation with ATP1 Value (DF) p-value
Do you think crime is on the rise in Norway? (%) 77 9 14 .11 84 10 7 .192 88 3 8 .06 19.2 (4) .001
Does the prison system function as it should towards the inmates? (%) 19 66 15 .14 13 73 14 -.08 87 5 8 .202 353.0 (4) <.001
Would it be better if all prisons were closed down? (%) 18 67 16 -.11 5 91 5 -.252 1 95 5 -.04 89.6 (4) <.001
  Too severe About right Too mild   Too severe About right Too mild   Too severe About right Too mild    
How do you consider the country's crime punishment level? (%) 59 34 8 -.06 4 44 51 -.552 0 23 77 -.282 415.4 (4) <.001
  1. Results shown as distribution (%) between the answers offered. Significant group differences and correlations with ATP are marked.
  2. 1 "Don't know" answers not included in the correlation analyses
  3. 2 Correlation is significant at the .01 level (2-tailed).