Opinions on Punishment

In its regular March survey, the Public Opinion Research Centre concentrated among other things on the opinions of citizens regarding the length of sentences for some selected criminal acts, moreover on views about at which degree sentences imposed by courts are adequate and last but not least the question of if capital punishment should exist or not. We consider sentences imposed by court to be more likely inadequate, particularly in the case of violent criminal activities.

For theft of over one million crowns, a deliberate serious injury of an adult, rape or a car accident under the influence of alcohol, during which somebody dies, people most often suggested sentences of imprisonment of 6-10 years (approximately a third of respondents agreed on these figures). For murder they most often suggested capital punishment (33%). The existence of the death penalty in this country is supported by 66% of citizens.