Includes bibliographical references (-261) and index.
1. Introduction: Public Opinion, Democratic Governance, and Criminal Justice -- 2. Current State of Law -- 3. Differences Between Public and Legal Elite in Opinions Toward Criminal Justice Procedures -- 4. Other Differences of Interest Between the Public and Legal Elite -- 5. Causal Influences on the Mass Public's Attitudes Toward Issues of Criminal Justice -- 6. The Influences on the Legal Elite Attitude Toward Issues of Criminal Justice -- 7. Conclusion -- App. 1. Survey of the General Public -- App. 2. Survey of Legal Elite (Lawyers) -- App. 3. Summary of the Law: Criminal Procedure -- App. 4. The National Surveys -- App. 5. Factor Analysis for Survey of Legal Elite and Mass Public by Education and Knowledge.
Argues that the public is not as intolerant of civil liberties for criminal defendants as it is often portrayed.