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Portrayal of the Croatian Probation Service's Development in Print Media

Ines Sučić orcid id ; Institut društvenih znanosti Ivo Pilar, Zagreb

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str. 481-502

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Generally, research related to the media representation of
probation is relatively rare, especially in jurisdictions without
a long tradition of probation. The aims of this study were to
investigate what themes emerged in constructing the public
image of probation and who were probation's key
promoters, and to analyse whether there was uniform
presentation of probation in the media over time. The 390
newspaper articles related to probation that were published
in national newspapers and magazines between 2009 and
2013 were analysed. The analysis showed that stories about
probation were typically short, probation was typically not a
main topic, and issues on probation were mainly superficially
elaborated. Probation in Croatia has relatively low media
visibility, but legislation, regulations, and expectations from
probation emerged as main themes. Initially, reducing prison
overcrowding and financial costs were the most frequently
mentioned benefits of probation, but over time, attention
shifted slightly towards focusing on the benefits of
probationers' resocialisation and rehabilitation. The tone of
the stories was generally positive or neutral, and politicians
were the strongest advocates of the probation system. Media
interest in probation fluctuated over the years, and probation
has recently faced more criticism than before, most likely
because of the many obstacles that it experienced in the
course of becoming truly functional in practice.

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media analysis; probation; newspapers; supervision; offenders

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