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Media Perception of Crime and the Courts

There are two widely held assumptions concerning the effects of the media on the public's perception of crime and criminality. The first assumes that the mass media are the prime sources of understanding in the areas. The second assumption is that the media present erroneous and distorted information about crime. Has the research supported or refuted these assumptions?

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First, you must understand that different jurisdictions have different rules when it comes to the use of media in the courtroom. What is okay in one courtroom might be outlawed in another. Therefore, it is hard to draw a definitive conclusion about whether or not the research supports or refutes the necessity of media in the legal process. Nonetheless, you can take a look at these resources to gauge current trends:

Social media (facebook, twitter, etc).: Many ...

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Discusses the use of traditional and social media in the courtroom.