Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act : a case study using a penal populist framework

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dc.contributor.advisor Livingston, James D.
dc.coverage.spatial Canada
dc.creator Tersigni, Morgan
dc.date.accessioned 2016-06-13T14:19:37Z
dc.date.available 2016-06-13T14:19:37Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.other HV6133 T46 2016
dc.identifier.uri http://library2.smu.ca/handle/01/26521
dc.description 156 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.
dc.description Includes abstract and appendices.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 134-150).
dc.description.abstract My research project examined how the print and electronic news media, political actors and special interest groups represented the NCR Reform Act in ways that were consistent with penal populist tendencies. After performing a thematic analysis, seven interrelated themes and 17 subthemes were produced. The main findings indicated that these themes were reflective of penal populist tendencies. I found that the Conservative majority government strategically used the fear of crime, misinformation of criminal justice procedures and mental illness, and sensational NCR cases to their advantage. Furthermore, I saw that the Conservative majority government strategically displaced expertise and expert opinion to strengthen their own popularity and regain legitimacy. Lastly, the Conservative majority government politicized the image of the victim and symbolically used this image to demonstrate how the Canadian criminal justice system fails to prioritize victim rights by putting the rights of the criminals first. en_CA
dc.language.iso en en_CA
dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University
dc.subject.lcc HV6133
dc.subject.lcsh Mentally ill offenders -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- Canada
dc.subject.lcsh Insanity (Law) -- Canada
dc.subject.lcsh Mental health laws -- Canada
dc.subject.lcsh Criminal liability -- Canada
dc.subject.lcsh Sentences (Criminal procedure) -- Canada -- Public opinion
dc.subject.lcsh Punishment -- Canada -- Public opinion
dc.subject.lcsh Populism -- Canada
dc.title Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act : a case study using a penal populist framework en_CA
dc.type Text en_CA
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts in Criminology
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.discipline Sociology and Criminology
thesis.degree.grantor Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)


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