Popular Punitiveness? Punishment and Attitudes to Law in Post-Soviet Georgia

Gavin Slade, Alexander Kupatadze

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Georgia is the only country in the post-Soviet region where incarceration rates significantly grew in the 2000s. Then in 2013, the prison population was halved through a mass amnesty. Did this punitiveness and its sudden relaxation after 2012 impact attitudes to the law? We find that these attitudes remained negative regardless of levels of punitiveness. Furthermore, the outcomes of sentencing may be less important than procedures leading to sentencing. Procedural justice during both punitiveness and liberalisation was not assured. This may explain the persistence of negative attitudes to law. The Georgian case shows that politically-driven punitive turns or mass amnesties are unlikely to solve the problem of legal nihilism in the region.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)879-896
Number of pages18
Issue number6
Early online date31 Aug 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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